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From dorsal fin to cloven hoof

Oscar's proprietor Phil Duhon is set to open a bold new venture, Porky's, on Feb. 6 in the remodeled shell of the recently closed Sharky's at 5910 Omaha Blvd.

Duhon says he'd been eyeing the space for two years, and that he'll stick with the "fun, beach-based theme," to include sand pits with volleyball, horseshoes, fire pits and a 1,400-square-foot covered patio.

The menu will be roughly the same as at Oscar's: eight burgers, eight sandwiches, four salads, six apps and oysters on the half shell.

Porky's will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. with weekday happy hours and specials. Call 574-PIGS (7447) for more, soon.

Whole truth?

A debate has been brewing recently around Whole Foods and one of its beef suppliers, which was cited in August with an FDA violation. Since that time, watchdog organizations like the Organic Consumers Association (organicconsumers.org) have posted missives about the Country Natural Beef brand sold at many natural foods stores.

Melissa Marts, coordinator at the local farming advocacy group Peak to Plains Alliance, thinks the buzz makes for another good reason to buy local.

"So many of us have a certain perception of places like Whole Foods serving good products," she says. For her part, she questions the effectiveness of segregating antibiotic-free livestock alongside conventional livestock in the feedlots where they spend the final three months of their lives.

If you're concerned, Marts suggests buying Lasater Grasslands Beef (available at Sammy's Organics, Mountain Mama Natural Foods and Vitamin Cottage) or Ranch Foods Direct products (available at its retail mart, 2901 N. El Paso St.).

Visit peaktoplains.com for more.

All killer, no filler

Bristol Brewing Co. (1647 S. Tejon St.) has a busy month ... on ... (gulp) ... tap. First, there's the Edge City ESB (Extra Special Bitter) Release Party on Friday, Jan. 11. Next, the cask ale version of the ESB gets released Jan. 12, followed by the long-awaited Smokebrush Porter release (sporting a label created by a local artist) Jan. 18. Two IPA (India pale ale) cask ale tappings are slated for Jan. 19 and Jan. 26, with a Skull 'n Bones series "Oud Bruin" release in between, on Jan. 22.

The weekday releases run from 5 to 9 p.m., and the Saturday releases, noon to 9. Head to bristolbrewing.com for more.

E-mail info on new menus, events and food-related tidbits to scene@csindy.com.

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