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Bigger Mama

Remember when Mountain Mama Natural Foods (1625 W. Uintah St., Suite A, 633-4139) was supposed to move a few blocks west onto land that the owners bought (and are still trying to sell) on 19th Street? It was August 2009 when I reported that deal had "gone more sour than a spoiled probiotic drink." (Yup, that comparison still has mileage.)

At the time, the Sasinka family hinted that they weren't finished looking around for an expansion solution. Now they've found one.

According to general manager and local rocker Jeff Fuller, Mountain Mama is staying put and taking over the adjacent space that was formerly a chiropractic office. Half of it will go to office use, and the other half to deli seating. New tile floors are being installed and ceilings redone, and new automatic doors already are greeting shoppers. When the work wraps up, hopefully no later than mid-December, says Fuller, the deli will begin expanding its food offerings with a new display case.

"This ended up being better for us," he says. "It will also be a better shopping experience for our customers."

During the remodeling, staff has opted to shift items around rather than close for even a day. So shop as you were, people.

Following orders

Originally opened in March as Low Dog and the Grill Sergeants, the Southern food eatery at 3869 Astrozon Blvd. is now known only as The Grill Sergeants (391-1006).

The change comes via owner Roslyn Price's split from her former business mate, an ex-military person who nicknamed her the Grill Sergeant for her cooking skills. The former nurse says she's been in and around the restaurant and catering business since she was a little girl growing up in California. Her family is originally from Louisiana, but she says she employs a more general Southern food style.

Price prepares her food completely from scratch in an open kitchen with the help of her daughter. She says her wood- and charcoal-smoked ribs are probably her best dish, though she has customers faithful to items including her fried chicken, catfish and pork chops, too.

As a thanks to those loyal patrons and a gift to the community at large, she's offering a free, traditional Thanksgiving meal open to anyone from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 25.

'Moor recognition

The Broadmoor (1 Lake Ave., recently announced that the Penrose Room has earned a Five-Star rating from Forbes for a second consecutive year. It's also again netted AAA's five-diamond rating, which it first garnered in late 2007. In celebration, the Penrose Room will offer a three-course celebration menu for $65 per person, running Jan. 12 through April.

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