Maggie's and martinis
"Good times with good people," reads the sign for Maggie's Pub at 2405 E. Pikes Peak Ave. The space, which is attached to Maggie Mae's restaurant, formerly had been run by the folks from the eatery. But as of Sept. 24, a trio of partners took over operations and converted the pub side into a "Rat-Pack, speakeasy-style jazz bar," according to partner and operator Ray Zittlosen, who relocated from Tucson only three months ago.
A door still connects the businesses (which also share a phone, 475-1623), and food from the restaurant may be ordered from the pub side, which otherwise functions strictly as a drink spot. Befitting the theme, Zittlosen says house martinis are the specialty, and he envisions the spot as a stop-off on the way downtown for east-end residents. He brings 18 years of bar management experience with him to the endeavor.
Wait for it ...
• Pizzeria Rustica owner Dave Brackett says his new outfit, TAPAteria, will hopefully open on Oct. 26, a few weeks later than his initial estimate. The Barcelona-style tapas eatery is at 2607 W. Colorado Ave., just four doors down from his pizza spot.
• Sometime in mid- to late November (tentatively), look for expanded hours at Opb&j (3 E. Bijou St., 571-9854). Co-owner James Killebrew says he'll move to a 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. schedule. With that change will come menu additions such as bagels and muffins in the mornings and soups, salads and fruit cups in the afternoons. The outfit also recently added organic Colorado Coffee Merchants coffees and an organic tea selection. Of course, the main attraction is still peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
À la carte
• Trinity Brewing Co. (1466 Garden of the Gods Road, trinitybrew.com) recently began brewing and serving its own Kombucha, an ancient tea that supposedly contains a bounty of probiotics, beneficial enzymes, antioxidants and polyphenols. It does contain trace amounts of alcohol from being cultured for a month, but if it still sounds too healthy for you, look for the Emma's Coffin Pumpkin Saison beer release at 5 p.m., Oct. 22. The 10.5 percent ABV beer has been brewed with Venetucci Farm sugar pumpkins, brown sugar, white sage, coriander and garam masala, aiming to taste like "liquid pumpkin pie ... if you were in Belgium."
• Both new locations of Penzeys Spices (penzeys.com) are now open: one at 7431 N. Academy Blvd. and one at 2010 Southgate Road. The Wisconsin-based chain now has around 50 stores nationwide.
• Vietnamese Garden (3043 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 520-9599) will celebrate its second anniversary with menu specials and 30 percent off beer and wine from Oct. 15 through the month's end. New dining hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.