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More 'freaking' sub shops?!
Seriously, guys. What's up with the onslaught of sub places in the Springs? Not since the birth of the falafel district last summer on East Bijou Street have I seen such an odd concentration of like food.

The latest newcomer: Jimmy John's, a nationwide franchise and home of "freaky fast" subs. (Not my words.) According to a press release from local GM Brian Lawless "Oh, behave!" (Austin Powers' words) three locations will be up and running in the "near future." One in early April at 1035 Garden of the Gods Road, another "a couple months after" at 10 S. Tejon St., and a third "already underway" at the intersection of Powers and Stetson Hills boulevards, with "many more stores" on the way soon.

The shtick: Bread no more than four hours old; subs made in 30 seconds; 15-minute delivery; a new store opening every 36 hours. Visit jimmyjohns.com to get "freaked out." (My words.)

Bandit's new ... sandwich?
As one of the three oldest Mexican eateries in town, according to owner Marge Vasquez, the Bean Bandit Restaurant (320 N. Circle Drive) has seen a lot of competition come and go. Likewise, a few items on the family-run operation's own menu have departed over 42 years in business.

But one is making a return: the Italian Sausage Grinder sandwich, which Vasquez says she 86'd more than six years ago. Served alongside potato chips and sweet peppers, it features grilled sausage on French bread with Provolone cheese, mustard, lettuce and tomatoes, for $5.65.

To recap: Established Mexican place grinder on French bread returned. Odd, I know.

Call 634-9945 for more.

Take note
According to owner Kathy Guadagnoli, Cowboys will begin serving lunch at 11 a.m. when the new location (25 N. Tejon St.) opens Friday, March 7. It will feature new additions to Cowboys' popular, 20-year-old dinner menu, such as pizza and sandwiches. Call 596-1212 for more or visit csnightclubs.com/cowboys.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's wine dinner and silent auction, Bistro de Pinto (26 E. Kiowa St.), 5:30 and 8 p.m., March 11, five wines with four courses, $100 plus tax and tip; call 473-3538 for more.

Paravicini's Italian Bistro (2802 W. Colorado Ave.) IRC Dinner, 6:30 p.m., March 11, five wine-paired courses, $60 plus tax and tip; call 471-8200.

La Belle Vie, the upscale French eatery formerly located at 1606 S. Eighth St., has become the third restaurant to close in the area in recent weeks. Compiled by Matthew Schniper

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