Down and out
• Keva Juice at 1330 Garden of the Gods Road was recently forced to close. Eric Patton, who bought the smoothie place a year ago, traces the trouble to false information he received at closing. He says he never even knew a loan was out on his kitchen equipment until he was given 36 hours' notice that all of it was about to be repossessed.
"All we could do was put notes in the window directing our customers to our other stores," Patton says. (He also owns the 1912 Southgate Road and 1702 S. Nevada Ave. locations.)
Though he claims to be out some $110,000 on the deal, Patton says he still plans to open a location in the University Village development off North Nevada Avenue later this year or early next year.
• It's a Grind Coffee House at 3236 Centennial Blvd. closed on May 14. "The present economy was just too much for that store," says co-owner Steve Fillo, who continues to operate a busier location at 15954 Jackson Creek Pkwy. in Monument.
• Back East Pizza and Subs recently closed its doors at 4379 Airport Road.
If you like the idea of receiving organic, local produce each week, but aren't into farmers markets or CSA (community-supported agriculture) shares, you may want to consider signing up for Door to Door Organics' All Local Box (doortodoororganics.com). For either $23.66 (the "bitty") or $33.66 (the small) per week from July through November, you can receive a delivered box of regionally grown fruits and veggies.
If eating entirely local isn't your bent, the company also offers larger-sized drops that still incorporate a good deal of local items along with imports from places like California and Arizona.
pLATE, pizza and planks
• Plate World Cuisine (9420 Briar Village Point, 475-8000) has started a "pLATE NITE" special from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, featuring $2 drink specials, a rotating tapas menu and DJ music.
• Pizzeria Rustica (2527 W. Colorado Ave., pizzeriarustica.com) released a new menu (with a gluten-free option) at the beginning of June, and also extended its hours from noon to 9 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays. In addition, the outfit will drag its "Rusticater" portable wood oven to America the Beautiful Park most Wednesdays, beginning June 10, to join the Colorado Farm & Art Market.
• Bristol Brewing Co. (1647 S. Tejon St., bristolbrewing.com) recently began offering "Beer Yoga" classes at 11 a.m. Sundays. Ten bucks buys the session, a bottle of water and a beer at the end. According to Bristol's Laura Long, "It's guy-friendly, geared towards beginners, and will focus on the healing powers of yoga and beer."