Your first look at the new Bonny and Read

Last night, restaurateur Joe Campana joined a rare breed of restaurant owners in Colorado Springs when his third restaurant, Bonny and Read, soft-opened to a crowd of friends and devotees.

This places Campana, who also owns The Rabbit Hole and SuperNova, squarely in the ranks of locals like Joseph Coleman (The Blue Star, Nosh, La’au’s), Randy Price (Over Easy, Sonterra, Salsa Brava) and Concept Restaurants (McKenzie’s Chop House, Jose Muldoon’s, The Ritz) as big players in the food scene.

Bonny and Read, located downtown in an old deli, looks nothing like it did when we visited a few months ago. A blank space has been replaced with a warm, hip vibe full of blues and blacks and lots of seafood.

“To see the finished product and the people in here, it’s just amazing,” Campana tells the Report. “It’s one of the best feelings. And the stress level is just completely gone at this point. … This is exciting. We’re hoping this will be a good thing for downtown.”

Check out the menu below and our quick hit photos below that:

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Bay scallop street tacos: cabbage, lime, cilantro, onion, scotch bonnet hot sauce, cilantro emulsion.
Bay scallop street tacos: cabbage, lime, cilantro, onion, scotch bonnet hot sauce, cilantro emulsion.
In the foreground: Sea scallops with polenta, smoky ham and a corn pan sauce. Behind: King Crab legs.
In the foreground: Sea scallops with polenta, smoky ham and a corn pan sauce. Behind: King Crab legs.
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Dig the commissioned paintings by the great local artist Phil Lear.

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Beer-battered fish and chips: Alaskan cod, champagne vinegar snow, house tartar.
Beer-battered fish and chips: Alaskan cod, champagne vinegar snow, house tartar.
Oysters on the half shell.
Oysters on the half shell.

[Images: Bryce Crawford]

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