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Expanding emporium

Pending state approval of its restaurant liquor license (beyond its retail license), Swirl Wine Emporium (717 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, should have its new adjoining Swirl Wine Bar open sometime in mid- to late June, according to owner Sharon Erale-Palmer.

The new eatery/drink house will be accessible through the wine store or by a side alley entrance, and will feature a full bar and microbrews in addition to wines available in several pour sizes (as well as by the bottle next door).

For eats, Erale-Palmer envisions a chalkboard tapas menu, featuring items like cheeses, salamis, olives and tapenades with crackers and breads. For sweets, the focus will be on "adult food," she says, "but indulgences like cupcakes or gourmet Ho Hos — fun desserts that as an adult, you would have wanted as a child."

Tentatively, the bar will be open in late afternoon and run until midnight or so.

And so on ...

• Though the name Omelets Etc. (1616 S. Eighth St., 634-7321) lacks a little spice, the outfit's eats certainly don't, according to owner Robin Turner. The week-old restaurant, located in a former Pikes Perk, follows the concept of an Omelets Etc. that Turner's grandfather ran for 10 years in Santa Barbara, California, back in the '70s. Many recipes are, in fact, the same.

Turner and her husband, Juan Gonzalez (not the radio personality or MLB baseball player), bring 15 years each of Denver and Colorado Springs IHOP experience to the venture, which speaks as a vote of confidence for a menu largely comprised of — you guessed it — omelets, pancakes, egg dishes and standard diner sandwiches and burgers.

"We make homemade green chili, and really good omelets," she says. "Everything has more of a homemade, personal touch."

Breakfast and lunch items are served from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

• Another restaurant with a name that leaves a lot for the imagination recently opened at the long-time former home of Antonio's Italian Restaurante, 4475 Northpark Drive: Marzio's Pizzeria & More (264-1554). According to a manager, the venture is the Marzio family's first, and features from-scratch, family recipes of a wide variety of foods. Look for burgers, subs and breakfast items beyond pizzas, such as a six-pound Roman Pie that "can feed an army."

Breakfasts run from 6 to 10 a.m., daily; lunch and dinner runs until 9 p.m., Sundays through Thursdays and until 11 on Fridays and Saturdays. Visit (soon) for more.

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