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Don't let the name Brewer's Republic (112 N. Nevada Ave., brewersrepublic.com) fool you. The three-week-old outfit isn't actually a brewery, though owners Bryan Foster, David Shaver and Jason Curlis, with 20 years combined bar experience, hope to turn it into one someday.

For now, the name speaks to eight local beers on tap and seven local bottled-brew offerings, coming from outfits like Bristol, Black Fox, Breckenridge, Rocky Mountain and Tommyknocker breweries. It also hints at that other brew: coffee, in this case the Ümpire Estate brand from Colorado Coffee Merchants.

Foster, who only moved to town from the Dallas/Fort Worth area 10 weeks ago with Curlis — Shaver is a five-year resident — says the Republic currently opens at 3 p.m. and closes around midnight during the week and 2 a.m. on the weekends. As soon as a house espresso machine is fixed, within a week or two, they'll begin opening daily at 7 a.m. and serving Olde World bagels, likely to be followed at a later date by sandwiches of some sort. For now, they're also serving food from the neighboring Underground kitchen starting at 5.

Colorado-made

Look as early as month's end for the opening of a yet-to-be-named hub for Colorado-produced edibles at 2521 W. Colorado Ave. (331-6811), according to co-organizer Gene Krhin of Woodland Park-based Mountain Lightning Salsa. Krhin and several other local vendors who frequent our farmers markets plan to open the retail outlet to feature their products, such as custom garlic butter, pesto and jellies, year-round.

Dad buys a diner

Thanks to a curious reader, we recently learned that Larry Neuhalfen closed down Dad's Smoke Wagon late last year and purchased the 54-year-old Kwik Inn in Security (385 Main St., 385-5945). The spot is now called Dad's Kwik Inn Diner, and it still offers all the classic greasy-spoon items, but with a makeover for the fresher and from-scratch.

Even better news: Neuhalfen has added all his prior barbecue offerings, such as brisket and ribs, to the menu.

Lunch for a cause

AspenPointe Café recently opened at 5069 N. Academy Blvd., functioning in part as a social enterprise employing disadvantaged and disenfranchised people who've sought the services of AspenPointe (formerly Pikes Peak Behavioral Health Group), a local group of 12 organizations that assist individuals dealing with issues such as mental illness and substance abuse. The eatery offers breakfast items, boxed lunches, soups, salads, sandwiches, hot entrées and more.

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