Griffin Swartzell 
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Griffin Swartzell

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Griffin Swartzell is the food, arts & culture reporter for the Colorado Springs Independent. This Colorado Springs native joined as an intern in early 2014, freelancing until he joined the staff full-time in late 2015. He graduated from New Mexico Tech in 2013 with a degree in technical communication, having also... more

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Griffin Swartzell is the food, arts & culture reporter for the Colorado Springs Independent. This Colorado Springs native joined as an intern in early 2014, freelancing until he joined the staff full-time in late 2015. He graduated from New Mexico Tech in 2013 with a degree in technical communication, having also written and designed for newspapers since 2007. In his spare time, he brews beer.

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    Re: “Local food and drink highlights from 2018

    Hi, Tom! Thanks for your comment. Thing is, Indus opened in 2016, and we first reviewed it in January of 2017 see link below. So while we enjoy Indus, it didn't qualify as a highlight in 2018 because it didn't open this year. Still, thanks for reading and for reaching out!

    Here's our first review of the spot: https://www.csindy.com/coloradosprings/ind…

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    Posted by Griffin Swartzell on 12/28/2018 at 5:05 PM

    Re: “Roman Villa Pizza's still popping after 59 years

    Matt 2: That wouldn't surprise me. I only tried the one on this visit, so I can't say for certain.

    Posted by Griffin Swartzell on 12/19/2018 at 11:27 AM

    Re: “Luna Muerta cocktail

    Thanks for the tip, Rico. I'll have to find a bottle and give it a shot!

    Posted by Griffin Swartzell on 03/02/2018 at 3:22 PM

    Re: “Douglas Herman and Sonia Nandzik want to start conversations about the global refugee crisis

    Hello, be924523. Thanks for your comment.
    Your calculation of the distance between Aleppo and Athens is the as-the-crow-flies distance of a direct flight. I used Google Maps to estimate the walking distance between Aleppo and Athens (see http://bit.ly/2ot9A1D), which shows a distance of over 1,500 km, much longer. Further, Nandzik and Herman say they met refugees in Lesbos incorporating that as a stop with Athens as a destination makes for a 1,694km journey (http://bit.ly/2BPwQhw).
    Unfortunately, you've made a few mistakes with Nandzik's political background. During her time in the European Parliament (sourced via her LinkedIn page and that ), she was appointed, not elected, assistant to Marek Migalski, who did run with the support of the far-right PiS (Law and Justice) party, which is run not by Jaroslaw Gowin but Jaroslaw Kaczynski. While Gowin's politics are far-right and homophobic, he is not nor has he ever been the head of a party. Further, in 2010, Migalski was ejected from the PiS party for his vocal criticism of Kaczynski. He ultimately formed the more moderate PjN party, a "center-right" party.
    Thanks for your comments. Have a great day!

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    Posted by Griffin Swartzell on 02/26/2018 at 10:27 AM

    Re: “Odyssey Gastropub announces plans for a second downtown spot

    Sheila, it looks like there's more than a few such spots. There's a blog (a little out of date) that says over a third of the bars Bar Rescue has featured have closed (see http://www.barrescueupdates.com/p/all-bar-…).
    Of course, that shouldn't be taken to say Bar Rescue caused these bars to close. If someone's not running a bar well, that's another problem.

    Posted by Griffin Swartzell on 10/05/2017 at 5:03 PM

    Re: “V Bar remains open after buyout, changes coming

    Carsten tells me that, yes, there absolutely will be dancing at V Bar.

    Posted by Griffin Swartzell on 10/02/2017 at 11:45 AM

    Re: “Whirlyball to bring recreation, craft beer to central Springs

    Beth3711, we checked in when they closed. Here's the blog I wrote. Hope this answers a few questions for you: https://www.csindy.com/SideDish/archives/2…

    Posted by Griffin Swartzell on 09/05/2017 at 3:14 PM

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