Back from the dead: Le Bistro and Coco the Cupcake Truck 

Side Dish

Le Bistro returns (again)

Fans of the former La Petite Maison at 1015 W. Colorado Ave. will be pleased to hear that chef Henri Chaperont — who bought that entity in 2005, closed it at 2009's end, rebranded and reopened it as Le Bistro in early 2010, then closed that in mid-2011 to take a job in Taos, N.M. — will once again revive it as of today.

Chaperont says the new menu will be similar to that of years past, with a goal of making it more affordable than La Petite in its glory days: Dinner entrées will top out at $20 with most plates averaging $15, while lunch items shouldn't break $10, nor breakfast plates $8.

Regular breakfast service itself is new to the eatery, with omelets, pancakes and the like envisioned. Lunch will see croissant sandwiches plus American classics like a Reuben and a Club sandwich. Dinner will offer more French staples like Chaperont's excellent mussels, plus fish, pasta and steak mains. He'll also execute his own pastries such as a flour-less chocolate cake.

A revived liquor license may take several more months, but Le Bistro will be open for all three meals daily but for Mondays.

Coco reborn, too

The Springs Cupcake Truck, also known as Coco, will return to the streets in the coming weeks after a long hiatus. Former proprietor Mike Bergman ceased operations and put the truck up for sale last August. Desirae Leipply, owner of The Cupcake Doctor (6455 Omaha Blvd., thecupcakedoctor.com), purchased the truck in early November, but is just now debuting it. She's also reviving The Springs Cupcake Truck Facebook page as your go-to spot for day-to-day location updates.

Leipply says her tentative plan is to hit many of Coco's former stops around the city — to include downtown, the Powers Boulevard corridor and Citadel Mall area — but also add new locations as well as our military bases. Both her family and newly hired helper Angela Chandler have military ties. More notably: Chandler, then stationed in Hawaii, earned a victory on a Season 4 episode of the Food Network's Cupcake Wars.

As noted in our Jan. 12, 2012, Side Dish when we first interviewed Leipply, she bakes sans artificial ingredients, using fruit reductions for coloring and many interesting inputs for character. Gluten-free, sugar-free and allergy-sensitive requests are easily met.

Bourbon medley

As expected at the time of our recent cover story ("Barrel roll," Jan. 22), the parent company of Denver's Southern Hospitality, Smokin Concepts Development Corporation, and the parent company of the newly opened Bourbon Brothers Southern Kitchen, Bourbon Brothers Holding Company, announced a merger last week to become Bourbon Brothers Holding Corporation.


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