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Welcome Fellows and Rita returns to Cascade 

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'Somewhat a coffee shop'

"We are not a coffee shop, but we do make and sell coffee. So, somewhat a coffee shop."

That's how the trio of guys behind Welcome Fellow (616 N. Tejon St., welcomefellow.com) describe the newly opened co-working space and venue, which is only open to the public from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

To clarify, co-founder Jeremy Worley explains that WF has no espresso machine, but instead offers drip, pour over and cold brew coffee, while also selling beans retail. WF will rotate through "accessible varieties from fun micro-roasters" around the country, he says. The idea is for guests to buy a cup of coffee in order to enjoy the spot along with the six separate businesses that have bought into all of the available slots.

"We see it as a public work space," he says. "It's not that different from how people treat a lot of the coffee shops around."

For his part, Worley operates The Worley Co., a design company that sells items like shirts, notebooks and metal pint cups at WF. Co-founder Adam Morley runs Café Motique, which sells curated vintage motorcycles and cycle clothing. Another Fellow sells candles.

Rita returns

For more than two decades, Rita Real has operated eateries around Colorado Springs. There was Rita's Restaurant at 4455 Mark Dabling Blvd.; Rita's Mexican Restaurant at 817 W. Colorado Ave., Rita's Mexican Kitchen at 405 N. Union Blvd., and most recently Wraps by Rita's at 2521 W. Colorado Ave.

Since Wraps closed a couple years ago, Real has taken a restaurant hiatus, but now she's back with Bust Colorado Kitchen (8655 W. U.S. Hwy. 24, Cascade, 494-4560). According to her son, Cesar Garduno, Real bought the tiny roadside shop before all the C. Springs ventures, initially running a small eatery along with the gift shop. So this reopening somewhat represents a journey full-circle.

The central difference this go-around: the addition of breakfast hours (it's open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and American breakfast favorites like french toast and omelettes joining the Mexican offerings like breakfast quesadillas and burritos — optional green chile smothering of course. During lunch hours, burger and sandwich options also join burritos and tacos and items like Real's enchiladas or chimichangas.

Craft Spirits Fest, take two

The second annual Colorado Craft Spirits Festival will take place at 6 p.m., Saturday, May 21 in the UCCS Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater (3955 Regent Circle, allcoloradobeerfestival.com). Tickets are $50, with all proceeds headed back to local organizations, including TheatreWorks. Sponsoring outfit Coaltrain Wine & Spirits will pour samples alongside 16 Colorado spirit-makers, six of whom recently won prestigious awards at national competitions. Music and food will accompany the hooch.

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