Two bits of food news that reached me too late for this week's Side Dish:
Powers Boulevard has certainly been tough for independent businesses in the past, but since José's almost has more of a corporate vibe, not to mention solid financial backing, it should do well in the spot. Then again ... I predicted that Palapa's would etch a foothold, and it didn't.
2) We heard about a new place in Old Colorado City, opening soon in the former Taste of New Orleans storefront at 2501 W. Colorado Ave. The restaurant is called Uchenna , which if a cursory Web search serves me right, means "God's thoughts" in the Igbo language spoken by Nigeria's Igbo people.
The word is that' Uchenna will serve food from Southern France and Italy as well as Mediterranean and Ethiopian dishes. Tentative store hours are Mondays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; call 634-5070 for more.