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Birth of the falafel district
By mid-month, downtown's East Bijou Street will be the unrivaled mecca for Middle Eastern cuisine in Colorado Springs. After fewer than eight months in business, Heart of Jerusalem Caf (906 Manitou Ave., #100, Manitou Springs) is opening a second location at 15 E. Bijou St. Across the street sit both the Pita Pit and Persian Grille.

Owner Hussein Abukhdeir, who originally wanted to set up shop inside CC's Spencer Center, says he's glad to be close to the students downtown. And he's confident the from-scratch recipes that have won his Manitou customers over will fare well against the competition.

"We feel very good," he says. "People are happy about us."

On the topic of expansion, expect a wrap-around awning and space heaters outside the Manitou shop soon. Call 685-9554 for more.

A new pizza place, New York Pizza Development (NYPD) Pizza, has opened on the northeast end of town at 4359 Integrity Point (intersection of Barnes Road and Powers Boulevard). During November, the Orlando, Fla.-based, locally owned franchise is offering a $.99 pizza-slice special. NYPD claims to serve authentic New York-style pizza in addition to apps, salads, calzones, strombolis, hot hero sandwiches and desserts. The facility offers dine-in, take-out, delivery and catering services. Call 594-6973 for more.

Family time at Pine
The Margarita at PineCreek (7350 Pine Creek Road) will hold its first monthly, family-style Sunday Supper from 5 to 8 p.m., Nov. 4. Four courses of Chef Eric Viedt's gourmet eats will set you back $29. Call 598-8667 for more.

BBQ, wine and whiskey
Fourth annual Gold Party Fundraiser at The Western Museum of Mining and Industry (225 North Gate Blvd.); whiskey tasting, apps and more, 6-9 p.m., Nov. 2, $50, 488-0880.

Q'ing for a Cause (to benefit Care and Share Food Bank) in the Western Warehouse parking lot (5799 Stetson Hills Blvd.); barbecue competition, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 3., bring canned food donation for samples, 271-6881. Bastianich/Batali/Babbo Wine Dinner at MacKenzie's Chop House (128 S. Tejon St.); 7-10 p.m., Nov. 7, $115 plus tax/tip, 444-8400.
Compiled by Matthew Schniper

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