The Great escape
Citing a decline in business and limited space at its 103 N. Tejon St. bakery, plus concern over an impending long-term construction project at its 6942 N. Academy Blvd. store, the 15 year-old Great Harvest Bread Co. (greatharvestcoloradosprings.com) will soon close both locations.
The yeastmasters, however, will bring their baked goods to two different areas of town. The Tejon crew will relocate to Centennial Boulevard and Garden of the Gods Road and likely open the third week of September. The Academy Boulevard's staff will move to the Gleneagle area, with hopes of opening in November. Both stores will continue to serve Great Harvest's signature locally milled wheat bread, but will expand to serve sandwiches and California-based Peet's Coffee and Tea (peets.com).
Owner Ainley Jewell says she's optimistic about the change, and with the additions, expects revenues to double.
Mollica's Italian Market and Deli (985-A Garden of the Gods Road, mollicas.com), described by manager Mike Pipe as a "restaurant, bistro, market ... a little bit of everything," will soon offer a little bit more of everything.
Twenty-two years into dishing authentic family recipes on the northwest side under Toni and Dom Mollica and their son Jerry, the outfit will fulfill a longtime goal and expand to a second, and much larger, location. By late October, Mollica's plans to be open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 1872 Southgate Road, in the former space of gourmet specialty market Par Avion Finer Foods Emporium. Expect an expanded selection of goods from the market and increased dining space.
A footnote to last week's mention of Heart of Jerusalem Café's 15 E. Bijou St. location turning into Taste of Jerusalem Café: Hussein Abukhdeir, proprietor of HOJ at 4587 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., says he, too, has added new menu items. Expect Manakeesh Za'atar Bread, a Lebanese Israeli bread toasted with za'atar (a coriander, cumin, anise, fennel, sumac and thyme mix); shawarma over saffron rice; and gazaziki, a specialty yogurt sauce over rice.
• Some 25-plus breweries will help host the third annual Springs Foam Fest from 1 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 29, in Antlers Park (31 W. Pikes Peak Ave., oldchicagofoamfest.com). Tickets ($20 in advance, $25 on-site) include souvenir mugs and access to games, live music, food and drink tastings and more.
• A Taste of Colorado, featuring culinary demos, restaurant samples and much more, will be held from Sept. 4 through 7 in Denver's Civic Center Park (100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., atasteofcolorado.com).