Is this love?
Nothing says good eatin' like that new restaurant smell, and north Tejon Street is covered with it.
Tentatively set to open Tuesday, Sept. 29, is Rasta Pasta (405 N. Tejon St., 481-6888), local outpost for the Jah-inclined creators of Caribbean-flavored noodle dishes. This offshoot of locations in Breckenridge and Fort Collins will host a grand opening Oct. 9 and 10, with live reggae and drink specials.
Next, a sign on the door of the old Flavors on Tejon (321 N. Tejon St.) previews something new: Café Bouche. He hasn't signed a lease yet, but John Bouche, displaced from New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina, hopes to fill the space with his version of high-end Louisiana Creole. Dishes could include smoked salmon BLTs and stuffed pork chops with a Creole crawfish topping.
Mobile morning jolt
Drive-thru Cuppa Joe to Go (6985 N. Meridian Road, Falcon, cuppajoetogo.net) is open at the corner of U.S. 24 and Meridian Road, brewing Ümpire Estate coffee from Colorado Coffee Merchants (coloradocoffeemerchants.com), says owner Kirsten Littrell. Besides traditional coffee options, Littrell offers biscotti, made-from-scratch stuffed chicken biscuits and breakfast burritos filled with Colorado sausage from Palmer Lake-based Sara's Sausage (581 County Line Road, 488-0530).
Hours will be 5:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 7:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday.
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• After a fire gutted the Coffee Cup Café (251 Front St., Monument, coffeecupmonument.com; see "Cup runneth over," Appetite, July 2), despondent seekers of biscuits and gravy were forced to pursue solace at the second location in Gleneagle. Thankfully, three months later, the original café is tentatively scheduled to re-open Oct. 12.
• Last week, Bristol Brewing Co. (1647 S. Tejon St., bristolbrewing.com) released a new ale in support of Springs firefighters. The Local 5 Ale is an ESB (extra special bitter), described by spokeswoman Laura Long as having "complex maltiness with overtones of caramel." A double batch has been created and is expected to go fast. Stop by the brewery (which is donating 100 percent of its on-site sales), or participating restaurants (contributing up to $2 per pint).
• Get your hands deliciously dirty by helping Pikes Peak Urban Gardens (ppugardens.org) plant its fall garlic crop Saturday, Oct. 3, at Harlan Wolfe Demonstration Garden (Cheyenne Road and Wolfe Street). Participants will learn the basics of planting, growing and harvesting garlic, and will take home samples of their own to plant or eat. Cost is $10; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.