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Shot through the Heart
If no resolution is reached by April 7, Hussein Abukhdeir, owner of Heart of Jerusalem Caf, will be evicted from his sidewalk location in Manitou Springs.

Abukhdeir, who claims to have the support of the Manitou Chamber, mayor and many community members, says the decision lies with his landlord, Chuck Englund of Bill & 2 Chucks-Manitou, LLC. Englund, who wasn't available for comment Wednesday morning, apparently is responding to an ongoing complaint by a neighboring loft owner over smells from the restaurant's cooking.

Among attempts for compromise, Abukhdeir says, he installed a $5,000 hood and even altered his food prep. A disagreement over the lease interpretation will likely lead to litigation, according to his lawyer.

New cooks at The Nook
In case you're out of the loop on this one: The Nook (2821 Dublin Blvd.) changed

ownership this past October. New proprietor Allie Studer has revamped the restaurant, more than a decade old, by hiring two experienced chefs.

She describes the atmosphere as "classy but comfortable."

The Gourmet Bistro menu changes weekly, and features specials for $14.99. Studer also talks up her breakfast, saying, "Our pancakes are heaven on a plate."

The Nook is open daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., and serves dinner Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 4:30 to 9. For more, call 265-8980.

Deal a meal
The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center has announced that Garden of the Gods Gourmet, Picnic Basket and Food Designers will provide all upcoming catering for FAC events.

In addition, the FAC will reopen Caf 36 for lunch May 1, with Garden of the Gods Gourmet overseeing restaurant operations and staffing for the FAC's Deco Lounge; according to the catering outfit, the contract is for two years. Call 477-4332 for facility rental information and more.

Take note
Bristol Brewing Co. (1647 S. Tejon St.) will release 2008's first batch of Edge City Pilsner at a 75 Years of Beer Party (to celebrate the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition) from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday, April 5. Enjoy 33-cent pilsners from 4 to 6; call 633-2555 for more.

Learn about sustainability and local agriculture with the Peak to Plains

Alliance from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 8, at the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado (315 E. Costilla St.). The group will speak on preserving the agricultural heritage of El Paso County.

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  • Heart of Jerusalem may be leaving downtown Manitou, and not by choice.

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