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From French to Faerie

After turning La Petite Maison into Le Bistro last April, Henri Chapéront is once again discontinuing service at 1015 W. Colorado Ave. The outfit will be closed from Jan. 9 through 20 while the Frenchman travels home, then reopen for dinner only, Jan. 21 through 29. No word on what Chapéront plans afterward, but on Feb. 1 he will turn the space over to Faerie Tales Bakehouse and Catering (faerietalesbakehouseandcatering.com).

That five-year-old business is run by mother-daughter team Marty and Lindsay Williamson, who previously shared kitchens locally, including Le Bistro's recently. Lindsay says they hope to eventually buy the property from Chapéront, but will first get their catering business set up comfortably in the space. Come late spring or summer, they plan to open for restaurant service, specializing in appetizers and desserts as well as their baked goods.

Gluten-free growth

Coquette Creperie is dead. Long live Coquette's Bistro and Bakery.

Owners Michelle and Turu Marx just renamed their Manitou Springs outfit (915 Manitou Ave., still coquettecreperie.com) to reflect their recent acquisition of Ceres' Kitchen, the take-'n-bake-turned-bakery formerly located at 9475 Briar Village Point. Michelle says Ceres' owner Sharon Bivins, from whom she'd been purchasing gluten-free products, was ready to retire, and her lease had ended. So Michelle and her daughter hired Bivins' staff and are currently looking for another location; in the interim, they're making GF pizza dough, breads, muffins and more in their Manitou kitchen.

Look for a new, greatly expanded menu with items like GF French toast introduced slowly over the next few months.

À la carte

• Brewer Andy Bradley from Colorado Mountain Brewery (11202 Rampart Hills View, cmbrew.com) says he finally has his six signature beers "dialed in." I tasted them last weekend, and they indeed show improvement, particularly the IPA.

The outfit will begin a new Sunday brunch service Jan. 30. Check its Facebook page for updates on Brewer's Whimsy nights; that's a special release of a 10-gallon batch of specialty beer ($5 a pint) at 5 p.m. most Tuesdays; upcoming releases include a Bohemian Lager, Winter Dark and Double Imperial IPA. Bradley also aims to feature local homebrewers in the series.

Chevy Lee Raw Foods will be on hiatus until further notice, says owner Martine Purdy, citing the closure of the Business of Art Center's Venue 515 kitchen in which she'd been preparing her food. In a newsletter, Purdy says the business "may appear again later with a different vision, a different name or a whole different business model altogether."

  • Le Bistro closes, with caterer moving in; Coquette expands and more.

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