After eight years in business, Taste of Jerusalem (15 E. Bijou St., tasteofjerusalemcafe.com) has expanded its hours to include a new breakfast service beginning at 7 a.m. Owner Abdul Nasser believes he's got the exclusive on Arab-style breakfast plates locally, with items like a shawermah omelet and foul, shakshuka and glaba — dishes featuring fava beans, seasoned eggs, and marinated lamb or beef bits with veggies, respectively.
A newly remodeled kitchen with an added hood enables the product growth, and Nasser says more dining room seating will follow soon. He's been limited by only electric cooking equipment in the past, and has wanted to do more with the menu to grow his business, especially after an unsuccessful expansion to South Academy Boulevard a few years back.
"I decided to let that one go," he says, citing the difficulty of being in two places at once. But now, he says, "I can cook anything here — we can do whole stuffed lambs for catering."
Beyond that, the lunch and dinner menu has grown with fish, roasted chicken and lamb entrées added to the list of familiar sandwiches.
Water park wasabi
By next year, we should see a water park at Polaris Pointe, the development currently anchored by Bass Pro Shops. Lilly Zhuo hopes to draw good crowds from those two businesses, as she'll be just across the street with Mikado Asian Bistro (13141 Bass Pro Drive, mikadoasianco.com, coming soon), which recently opened.
Zhuo has owned Fusion Japan in Woodland Park for three years, and also opened and then sold Fuji MT Hibachi & Sushi in Monument. She says this new venture will spotlight a large sushi counter, while also serving Thai items and other popular Asian dishes. Her main emphasis is on ordering superior-quality, fresh fish, she says. Expect late-night weekend hours with a limited food menu and bar service.
Loco to Babes
Loco Bean Coffee (4797 Barnes Road, locobeancoffee.com) owner John Reinecke has revamped his under-performing location at 2438 E. Pikes Peak Ave., taking a page out of Bikini Xpresso's book and re-branding altogether into Babes Espresso.
Hashtags on his social media pages include #sexy, #classy, #bikini and #yogapants, and the outfit promises Colorado Springs' "most attractive babes," but also "high quality" coffee — something he feels similar outfits leave behind.
"We'll be doing things different, that guys like, tastefully — no pasties, leaving a lot up to the imagination," he says, while also prioritizing fast service. Reinecke roasts his own beans, and says he's made a new blend specific to Babes. Look for his popular cold brews on nitro, as well as new drink creations.