Brazil on Bijou
Le Bijou Reception Hall (2031 E. Bijou St., 963-2245) expanded its offerings of cakes and catering last week by adding a new restaurant arm. Café Brazil now serves lunch there from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays and dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. those same days and from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturdays.
Owner Cecy Slaugh says she serves family recipes of national dishes like feijoada (pork and black beans) and Brazilian stroganoff, as well as fresh fruit milkshakes, Peruvian chicha morada (a sweet purple corn drink), Brazilian coffee, desserts and more.
Love it, leave it
After 2½ years of sharing prep space, Mya Bella Cupcakes (myabellacupcakes.com) is tentatively set to branch out on its own on April 1 at 2524½ W. Colorado Ave. — right across the street from its most recent home at Gotta Love It Kitchen.
Alexandra Elliott runs the business with her mom, Diane Sisemore. Though they specialize in weddings and larger events with highly detailed and "artistic" cupcake designs, the new retail space will feature eight to 10 unique daily flavors (such as grapefruit-pomegranate, chai tea and a citron basil made with microgreens) for walk-in business. Individual cupcakes are $2.50.
Operation market garden
The Colorado Farm & Art Market (farmandartmarket.com) is moving from America the Beautiful Park to the sculpture garden of Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (Dale Street and Cascade Avenue) for its 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday market this season (June 15 to Oct. 15). According to market manager Amy Siebert, the cancellation of corresponding park concerts stole some energy from the location, and the rent was "extraordinarily expensive." The FAC offered an "incredibly generous" rate, paired with support like electrical access to allow live music and a "street food" stand by Amuzé at the FAC.
À la carte
• On April 1, Juniper Valley Ranch Dining Room (16350 S. Hwy. 115, junipervalleyranch.com) will reopen for its 60th season, still serving its fried chicken ($16.50) or baked ham ($17.50) dinner plus fixins and dessert.
• The Black Bear Restaurant (10375 Ute Pass Ave., Green Mountain Falls, 684-9648) will host five-course, wine-paired first and third Sunday charity dinners for $50. All proceeds will benefit groups like the Japanese Red Cross (April 3) and Free Tibet (April 17).
• Front Range Barbeque's 4935 Templeton Gap Road location (frbbq.com) has ceased its restaurant function and converted solely to catering. Owner Brian Fortinberry calls it "the first step in new growth": He plans to eventually make his own breads and sausage and also bottle and package his own sauces and seasonings for wholesale distribution.