A French affair
If you've been on one of the Thursday evening Old Colorado City Wine Bar Tours (shopoldcoloradocity.com), you're ahead of the rest of us in having visited La Baguette French Bakery's saucy new feature, Upstairs at La Baguette.
Back in August, Toni Rog, who bought the popular bakery (2417 W. Colorado Ave., labaguette-co.com) six years ago, quietly added a "very homey" and classy wine-bar component that's only open from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., Thursdays though Saturdays. Rog says it features "an excellent" New and Old World wine selection, fine Champagnes and whiskies, and absinthes from different regions.
Drinks apparently come with a complimentary basket of La Baguette bread with olive oil and a daily special spread, such as an olive tapenade or Italian-style white bean dip. Currently, a few other food items can be ordered à la carte, such as a cheese plate, Swiss fondue, escargot or prosciutto-wrapped melon.
Hanoi to hamburgers
In the former Vietnamese Garden location at 3043 W. Pikes Peak Ave., The Dive (632-4332) recently opened, after significant interior renovations. Owner Dominick Scola, who grew up in the barbecue business in Kansas City and also owns the seasonal Dominick's Fruit Market at 4504 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., says the eatery is basically a breakfast-and-burgers spot.
The Dive lists around 20 half-pound burgers in the $7 to $8 range, with varieties including a slopper, Hawaiian, bleu cheese, spicy "Suicide" and veggie. The beef comes from Ranch Foods Direct. Common American breakfast plates are served all day next to 59-cent bottomless cups of coffee — "We figured Starbucks across the street would like that," Scola quips — supplied by Pikes Perk roaster Rick Roehrman.
Scola says he won't procure a liquor license, as "we want them to sober up here." After the new year, he plans to extend his daily 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. hours to 24 hours every day.
À la carte
• Cake Crumbs (cake-crumbscos.com) closed its doors at 3 E. Bijou St. last Saturday due to an ongoing dispute with the landlord and original lessee, says co-owner Denon Moore. Those wishing to obtain the company's cupcakes have two options: Head to the Denver location or keep an eye on the social media pages of its sister outfit, The Springs Cupcake Truck. Moore says she'd like to find another retail location in the Springs should further negotiation efforts on the old space fail, but all plans remain tentative.
• Xpresso Yourself Coffee Shop has moved out of the drive-through at 2103 Templeton Gap Road and into the Citadel Mall (750 Citadel Drive East, #1100, 315/778-3823).
— Matthew Schniper