Tuesday, March 29, 2011

UPDATE: Side Dish extras

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 4:55 PM

But wait ... there's more.

Broadway Deli owner Eric Velasquez confirms that he closed his 10-year-old location at 7170 N. Academy Blvd. earlier this week.

Now he's all-in at his new location at 4475 Northpark Drive.

Velasquez says this wasn't the plan all along; instead, he says he's responding to the demands of the moment.

"It's the construction [at Woodmen Road and Academy Boulevard] — we made it through the economy, but the construction has put a hurt on us," he says. "I was really hoping to make it through summer, but I had to do it."

On the positive side of the move, Velasquez says that 90 percent of the regulars that he's spoken to say they'll see him at the new location, just a five- to 10-minute drive away. Plus the new space is larger, allowing him "room to grow and evolve" — it's got banquet space, and Velasquez is looking to also start pizza delivery and obtain a liquor license.

• For the second time inside of 12 months, India Palace has new owners.

Springs-raised Rag Kumar and his family have taken over; his mother, who has cooked for other outfits locally such as Taste of India, does the cooking. Rag says they've always wanted to have their own restaurant.

He also says the new menu features more Northern-Indian styles of cooking, including the use of a little more meat (including beef), though plenty of vegetarian options remain.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily for the lunch buffet and 5 to 9:30 p.m. (till 10 p.m. on weekends) for dinner service.

• In the last couple days, the Gazette has reported that Piazza Wine Bar and Pizzeria has closed at 806 Village Center Drive, soon to be replaced by Wyatt's Pub & Grill, and that the space at 101 N. Tejon St. formerly known as the Metropolitain (note: it was not spelled Metroplitian) will soon turn into something called The Local Food and Drink.

• Lastly, we've discovered yet another yet-to-open, self-serve frozen yogurt operation, which seems to confirm our first noticeable food trend of 2011. Take a look at Lulu's Frozen Yogurt for now, and I'll have details on the tentative opening date and more in our April 7 paper.


—— ORIGINAL POST, 5:45 P.M., FRIDAY, MARCH 25 ——

Ahead of next week's Side Dish column, here's some food buzz:

The crack dealer approaches ...
  • The crack dealer approaches ...

Boulder Street Coffee Roasters (322. N. Tejon St.) is under new ownership and currently undergoing some work. Signs in the windows direct interested applicants to apply at a website for Colorado Springs Coffee. We'll have more for you once we make contact.

• Several folks have tipped me off to new activity at the old Mr. B's BBQ and Soul Food site at the intersection of Cimarron and Sierra Madre streets. I should be speaking with the site's owner early next week and will hopefully have an update for you then.

• I did speak with Jorge's owner Jorge Ayala this week, and will have info for you in next week's Side Dish regarding the tentative reopening date of the expanding Mexican outfit.

• I've also chatted with the folks who purchased the former Nile Café in Manitou Springs, which is now called the Sahara Café. Again, details in next week's paper.

• Lastly, according to a location page on the corporate website, Colorado Springs should see its first Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt store soon at 7335 N. Academy Blvd. If you'll recall, we told you about the item, nicknamed "crackberry," back in mid 2007, here.

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