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Side dish: Meet "The Local"


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Meet a mobile version of farm-to-table dining at the Colorado Farm and Art Market's Margarita at PineCreek season opener on June 16: It's called The Local (339-7722).

The food truck — a recently retrofitted 1959 Aloha camping trailer — will also set up at CFAM's Wednesday markets at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center throughout the summer, and aims to operate as a year-round business thereafter. The challenging part about that latter detail is owners Jo Marini and Sara Crowell's mission: sustainably grown ingredients sourced almost exclusively from within a 50-mile radius.

Marini, who graduated with Crowell from the Air Force Academy nearly a decade ago, says the business will launch with two flagship sandwiches, and expand from there. For meat-eaters, there'll be a grass-fed Lasater beef burger on a homemade pretzel bun with bacon jam and arugula; for vegetarians, a chickpea fritter with carrot-radish slaw and garlic aioli on a sweet potato roll.

Being Gotta Love It! Market-based, The Local will also serve gluten-free items from co-member Tabor Mountain Bakehouse.

Trail treats

Also on wheels with a unique food-centric concept is Far Out Frozen Treats & Mobile Munchies (, a human-powered bicycle cart that patrols the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail, mostly between the Rockrimmon area and downtown.

Co-owner Angie White says she and her husband Will primarily sell a variety of commercial ice creams and popsicles, plus healthy snacks, but she's hoping to make the machine a "mobile marketing cart" as well. Example: They can essentially act as a moving billboard by displaying your signage on the cart, handing out flyers or samples and even doing advertising design for you.

À la carte

• The following businesses have closed recently: Phat Daddy's Cafe & Ice Cream at 311 S. Hancock Ave.; City of Philly Cheese Steaks at 4747 Flintridge Drive; Glad's Original Bar-B-Q at 3750 Astrozon Blvd.; and the cottage industry Whipped Cupcakery.

Black Fox Brewing ( has ceased production inside Bristol Brewing Co. and is moving to Denver. Notes posted on the outfit's website and Facebook page say the company is currently searching for a location and capital.

• The updated sixth edition of the Beer Drinker's Guide to Colorado ( was recently released, adding 26 breweries for a total of 168 this year. There's a keg-load of other beer and outdoor recreation info on the map's back, and it again comes with a coupon book, this time valued at $250. I say it every year as the pot gets sweeter, but the guide ($14.95) is a killer deal, considering the 10 metro Colorado Springs free-pint coupons that will easily save around $40 to $50.


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