In late January, the space that was formerly a Ruby's Diner at 3020 New Center Point became Stevie Ray's Eastside Grill.
Owner Steve Link, who operated the Ruby's franchise for the past five years, says the change comes because "we wanted to do our own thing. We wanted more menu flexibility."
Stevie Ray's serves all three meals of the day, but Link talks up its diverse dinner menu, milkshakes and a 3-to-5 p.m. happy hour featuring $2 drinks and $1 "munchies." There's live magic on Tuesdays from 5:15 to 7:45 p.m., and model trains circling the ceiling all the time. (Awesome!) Call 380-7829 or visit stevierayseastsidegrill.com.
After closing its doors a few months ago, Texas T-Bone has reopened at 2070 S. Academy Blvd. Dave and Mary Crimmins, who opened the steakhouse 15 years ago and sold it four years ago, took over again in November. They've expanded the menu and redecorated, but you still can toss the shells of your complimentary peanuts on the floor. Call 465-1629.
Asian Garden (1747 S. Eighth St.) changed its name to Little Nepal in early February. According to owner Raj Adhikari, everything else at the restaurant remains the same; he just wanted people to realize that he's serving Indian and Nepalese food, rather than Chinese or another Asian cuisine. Call 477-6997.
A bit of national news: Representatives from the grassroots Food Democracy Now! organization report they had an encouraging meeting with new Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, to whom they delivered 87,000 signatures calling for sustainable change at the USDA. Also: President Obama selected one of its "sustainable dozen," Kathleen Merrigan, as deputy agriculture secretary. Visit fooddemocracynow.org for more.
Best from the barrel
For its fourth annual Spring Fling, the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey (3011 E. U.S. 50, Cañon City) will release a trio of reserve wines during March. Each release party (Merlot, March 12; Cabernet Sauvignon, March 19; Sauvignon Blanc, March 26) will feature apps by a local chef as well as discount wine pricing and barrel tastings of its rare 2007 Syrah. Admission is $5; call 719/276-5191 for more.
Wait for Gaspare no more
In November, we reported on the shaky future of a place called Vincenzo's on Gleneagle Drive, and its hopeful chef, Gaspare Licata.
An update: According to Licata's cousin and soon-to-be employee Paula Coffee, Gaspare's Italian Bistro and Bakery will open sometime this month in Parker, featuring a pastry chef and three sous chefs along with Licata. Call 303/805-9200 soon for more.