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The Grill Next Door (clever!) opened this past week at 26A S. Wahsatch Ave., attached to the Triple Nickel Tavern. Co-owners Adam Halcomb and Scott DeWalt have designed a menu of soups, sandwiches and salads all made in-house and ranging from $3 to $8 that includes items like chicken and tuna salad as well as veggie patties and burgers.

Halcomb says the grill's focusing on "really good, simple, homemade foods." The business will also serve as a small, commission-free art gallery with shows by local artists, starting with Dave Voth.

Hours will be daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Call 634-8438 for more.

Ten of nine
The gourmet-minded Colorado Springs Club Nine Chefs recently obtained 501(c)3 nonprofit status. The cooperative is "dedicated to culinary education and community enrichment through fundraising dinners and charitable events."

Members include James Africano of New Mexico's Vermijo Park Ranch, The Warehouse's Lawrence "Chip" Johnson, Village at Skyline's Brent Beavers, Shawn's Bakery's Shawn Saunders, The Margarita at PineCreek's Eric Viedt, Pikes Peak Community College's Mark Painter, the Ritz Grill's Jason Gust, Alpine Chef Catering's Pete Aiello, The Craftwood Inn's Jeff Knight and Classic Wines' Chris Bowie.

The club's next Vagabond Dinner will be at 6 p.m., May 4 at Craftwood Inn (404 El Paso Blvd.). Your $75 (not including tax and gratuity) will help fund the upcoming Rock Ledge Ranch Rendezvous; info at 685-9000.

What's new
Caf 36 at the Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.), now operated by Garden of the Gods Gourmet, reopens May 1.

The Warehouse (25 W. Cimarron St.) premiered new menus, new art and a "new look" this past week.

Roast and toast
Jake and Telly's (2616 W. Colorado Ave.) 11-year anniversary celebration glendi & lamb roast (full Greek buffet), 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., May 4, $15, 633-0406.

Manitou Springs Education Foundation's Cinco de Mayo (dinner and dance), Adam's Mountain Caf (934 Manitou Ave.), 5 to 10 p.m., May 5, $50 ($85 per couple), 685-3071.

Springs Shebeen: Fundraiser for Student Movement for Real Change (South African wine tasting, live jazz), 6 p.m., May 8, Smokebrush Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.), $25. RSVP at salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2681/t/2894/event/checkOut.jsp?event_KEY=39087.

Send the word on new menus, events and food-related news to scene@csindy.com.

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