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Finding Nemo's

After five years just a block east, Nemo's Coffee (635-2745) reopened at 2114 E. Pikes Peak Ave. in late December, adding drive-through service.

According to owner JD Anderson, he and his wife Tracy still make everything from scratch in-house, including pastries, burritos and breakfast sandwiches in the mornings, and sandwiches, as well as soups and salads in the afternoons. Plans for the addition of a daily entrée and slightly expanded hours (for an early dinner) are in the works.

With the move, JD purchased a "super high-end" (like $17,000) Synesso espresso machine, the only one of its kind in the Springs. Also, he switched from California's Equator Coffees and Teas to Boulder roaster Ozo Coffee Co., also an exclusive locally.

Brewing cycles

While we're jawing about java: Cafe Velo (11550 Ridgeline Drive, #102), a fusion coffee and bike shop off Voyager Parkway, plans to open around mid-February. (Track its progress on Facebook.)

Owner Chris Witt isn't ready to divulge too much information about the business, but says it will be "a high-end bike shop for road-bike enthusiasts," including those in triathlon training. So beyond a trio of big brands fit for the Tour de France, wet-suits and sprocket-bearing whatnot, we do know that there will be some locally purveyed baked goods, plus house-assembled paninis and soups. Witt also plans to introduce an acai bowl, essentially sorbet-textured acai berry purée topped in fruit and/or granola, something popularized in Hawaii, where his wife grew up and they visit biannually.

Doug Stephens, the coffee guy of the operation — he says he was the first manager of the downtown Pikes Perk and a former coffee roaster — won't yet disclose whose beans he'll buy, but he says he wants the coffee element to stand on its own. Witt envisions the "two worlds intermingling" with things like after-ride drinks and snacks for individual or shop-launched group rides.

New chief

Mardi Gras approaches next month, casting NOLA into the spotlight once again. In local Cajun-infused news, Martin Allred recently handed over control of Nawlins BarBQ and Seafood (3317 Cinema Point Drive, nawlinsbarbq.com) to South Texas-born, 25-year Springs resident Ed Edwards.

Edwards comes from the real estate and building development industry, and became friends with Katrina-evacuated Allred after helping him open his first location in Falcon. Allred will stay on as a kitchen consultant, says Edwards, but he leaves a capable staff and his recipes behind. As for changes, Edwards envisions expanded hours, including lunch service, and opening seven days a week, while adding events like poker nights and seasonal items to the menu as specials.

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