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Side dish: Curbside Cuisine update 

Curbside still coming

What's the word on Curbside Cuisine, the really cool food cart collective that was to have opened downtown a couple months back? You aren't the only one asking.

"We're getting support from all sectors — consumers, vendors, restaurants, the city — everybody thinks this is great," says co-organizer Sandra Vanderstoep of Garden of the Gods Gourmet. But?

"But we're working out final details. We're taking the time to do it right," says Vanderstoep, who's not yet ready to comment on exact opening dates. Expect an update here soon, but it's not a dead deal.

Moving and moving on

• After four years at 3043 W. Pikes Peak Ave., Vietnamese Garden (vietnamesegarden.net) has relocated to the former Dragon Wok space at 7607 N. Union Blvd. Owner Dung My Tram is remodeling the take-out-only Chinese restaurant to handle a half-dozen tables, and hopes to open by mid- or late August. She also hopes to retain the Chinese eatery's customers by adding a few Chinese plates to her menu, but otherwise her excellent gluten- and MSG-free dishes will remain the same.

R&R Coffee Café (rnrcoffeecafe.com) will soon move from 11425 Black Forest Road to 11424 Black Forest Road. Yes, across the street. The tentative open date — with triple the square footage for more roasting and baking room, plus vastly expanded seating — is Oct. 1. Look for potential dinner hours in 2013, using expanded menu items like Ranch Foods Direct burgers.

• Last week, Tomo Sushi (eatattomo.com) closed its second location at 8029 N. Academy Blvd.; the 975 N. Academy Blvd. location remains open.

La'au's Taco Shop (830 N. Tejon St., #110, laaustacoshop.com) has closed its expansion in Boulder.

'Food by the Book'

If you've read something from the Indy food team that made you want to hurl a plate of mushy peas at us, you can sound off publicly at Pikes Peak Library District's food journalism panel discussion, part of its "Food by the Book" series. The free talk takes place at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11, at East Library (5550 N. Union Blvd., ppld.org), and I'll be joined by Gazette writers Teresa Farney and Tracy Mobley-Martinez (sadly, not critic Kate Jonuska).

Registration is requested at 531-6333 ext. 2665, and canned goods are requested for Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado at all library locations through August.

À la carte

Scooter's Coffee & Yogurt (4296 N. Academy Blvd., scooterscoffeehouse.com) celebrates the opening of its first Colorado Springs store on Friday, Aug. 10. The first 100 people in line at 9 a.m. will earn a year's worth of free coffee and frozen yogurt. (Hello, clusterf_ck!)

  • Also: Vietnamese Garden moves to new digs

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