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Parked Pierogi revived already; women's brew and big events

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That was fast ...

In last week's Side Dish column, we told you about the closure of The Parked Pierogi (292 State Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, parkedpierogi.com), whose owners cited economic woes and challenges inherent to the location, but a desire to reopen somewhere soon.

Well, "soon" is already here, and the restaurant will actually re-open in its old location this Friday, March 7, at 4 p.m.

Co-owner Julie Wetzel assures that the hoopla wasn't a publicity stunt: "We genuinely experienced the five stages of grief," she says, "before landing on a combination of "denial/bargaining" which facilitated our extraordinary circumstance of re-opening."

Translation: The business partners found an investor in the form of a loyal patron, and also renegotiated their lease with their "ever-encouraging" landlord.

Brews news

• As part of International Women's Collaboration Brew Day, 10 women from nine local breweries will assemble at Pikes Peak Brewing Co. (1756 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, pikespeakbrewing.com) this Saturday, March 8. They'll brew a Unite Pale Ale, the same beer being made at 50-plus breweries globally, though our locals will add a twist of rye to their grain bill.

You could stop by for a pint to say hi, but the real fun for the general public begins with a series of tappings. First up, Pikes Peak on Friday, March 21. Then, Denver's Collaboration Fest on Saturday, March 22.

Brewer's Republic will host another on Wednesday, March 26, as part of a Colorado Springs-based-brewery tap takeover, to include the Jimmy Camp WeiPi collaboratively brewed by Pikes Peak, Phantom Canyon and Bristol breweries. Lastly, the Wild Goose Meeting House hosts on Friday, March 28. Proceeds from all sales will benefit the Pink Boots Society at the national level, and the Pikes Peak Community Foundation's Southern Colorado Girls' STEM Initiative.

Great Storm Brewing (204 Mount View Lane, #3, greatstormbrewing.com) will celebrate its second anniversary Saturday, March 15 by tapping a Birthday Pils, which had a large cake tossed into the mash. Also, the one-barrel brewery recently acquired two neighboring spaces for the 10-barrel brew system expansion that's planned.

À la carte

• The Colorado Restaurant Association Pikes Peak Chapter holds its annual Food & Wine Expo at The Broadmoor (1 Lake Ave., coloradorestaurant.com), from noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, March 9; tickets are $35.

• The 23rd annual Wine Festival of Colorado Springs, this year benefiting Colorado Springs Conservatory, takes place from Thursday, March 6, through Saturday, March 8, at a variety of venues. Visit coloradospringsconservatory.org for a full calendar.

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