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It's a bird, it's a plane, it's ... finally open
After a lengthy, $300,000-plus renovation, Metropolis finally opened at 1201 W. Colorado Ave. on July 25. Co-owner Luis Ortiz says the 228-seat breakfast, lunch and dinner destination (open 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., daily) serves American cuisine: omelettes, sandwiches, steaks and the like, from $3 to $17.75.

Self-trained, 55-year cook Blair Hall runs the new eatery's kitchen, after a dozen-year hiatus from the industry.

"I vowed to never do it again," says Hall, who adds he was wheedled by Jeff Chevalier, co-owner and longtime friend. Chevalier's food background includes six years at The Broadmoor.

Hall's making 85 percent of his menu from scratch, much of it in a Pennsylvania Dutch style. He says he seasons and marinades his steaks for a minimum of five days, bakes fresh pies, and serves his grandmother's biscuits and gravy recipe. Call 227-9888.

Open, closed and back-burnered
King's Chef Diner at 131 E. Bijou St. is now open; expect soft-serve ice cream concoctions and a lunch burrito (in homage to prior occupant Big City Burrito) soon.

After more than five years in business, A Flavor of NY Deli (1014 21st St.) will close after service on Aug. 23. A newsletter cited the rising cost of food as the reason.

Heart of Jerusalem Cafe (15 E. Bijou St.) has expanded its downtown menu. Owner Hussein Abukhdeir, who was most recently considering reviving his Manitou Springs business at a location on Ruxton Avenue, says he'll likely wait a few more months in hopes of securing a prime spot on Manitou Avenue.

Following up on the city's shutdown of the Corner Cafe's Saturday lunch cart outside Apex Sports: Owner Bob Smoot says he's looking to purchase a "roach-coach" (slang for a mobile food cart) that will meet the Health Department's requirements. But given the cost and timing, he says it may be spring before the operation hits the road.

Take note
The Ritz Grill (15 S. Tejon St.) premiered new lunch and dinner menus recently.

El Taco Rey (330 E. Colorado Ave.) has added a chocolate tres leches cake to its dessert menu.

Reservations to compete in the fourth annual Hippy Dippy Chili Fiesta in Manitou Springs on Aug. 27 are due by Aug. 20; visit

Heads up on downtown Denver's 25th annual A Taste of Colorado, Aug. 29 through Sept. 1 at Civic Center Park (Colfax Avenue and Broadway, Denver); free entry, food samples available for purchase from more than 50 meal-slingers;

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