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Keep on rollin'

In early 2007, when Tomo Sushi opened, owner John Ra promised the restaurant's employees that sticking around long enough would give them a shot at running their own expansion of the joint. Equipped with 45 different sushi rolls, 25 different types of fish (delivered fresh, five days a week) and more than a handful of regular customers, Tomo has done well, and already, Ra is delivering on his promise.

A new Tomo Sushi (8029 N. Academy Blvd.), tentatively set to open within the next week or so, will offer many of the same items as its predecessor, but with an emphasis on even more unique and exotic flavors, according to Ra.

At the new, much smaller location (2,000 square feet, as opposed to 5,000), Ra wants his customers to feel like they're coming over to his house to enjoy food as a friend. "I want it to be like that show Cheers Hey Norm! Small and informal." Call 277-0200 for more.

Another slice of the pie

Borriello Brothers Real New York Pizza opened a fourth local location two weeks ago at 229 S. Eighth St., at the intersection of U.S. Highway 24. The outlet will deliver to the west side and Manitou Springs. Co-owner Rob Raia, a "true New Yorker," says Borriello Brothers makes its own sauces and dough, and spends "a lot on high-quality ingredients that shows in the product." Call 633-5452 or visit

In case you missed it, Black Tie Gourmet (1005 W. Colorado Ave.) has begun offering brick-oven pizzas, in addition to its hot sandwiches, calzones and other New York-style deli items. Pizza prices range from $10.99 for a 14-inch cheese pie to $20.99 for an 18-inch pie with toppings. Call 487-1933.

Head of the line

On Oct. 27, Chipotle unveiled a new online ordering system. Customers may place and pay for an order, then go directly to the front of the line at Chipotle for pick-up. To take advantage, visit

Take note

Fourth annual Whine & Cheese with Silent Auction, 6-11 p.m., Nov. 8 at Paragon Culinary School, 3125 Sinton Road, $30-$40, supports All Breed Rescue & Training;

Mexican Favorites Sunday Supper, 5-8 p.m., Nov. 9 at the Margarita at PineCreek, 7350 Pine Creek Road, $30; 598-8667.

IRC (Independent Restaurant Cooperative) Wine Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Nov. 11 at Craftwood Inn, $60; 685-9000.

A Holiday Wine Tasting and Gourmet Food Fest, 6:30-9 p.m., Nov. 14 at the Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 W. Rio Grande St., $50 benefits Colorado Springs Teen Court; 389-0906.

Compiled by Matthew Schniper and Kevin Kehl

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