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The Local buys Raven's Nest, plus two cool new drink-and-dinner series

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The Local's cup

Phil Petty, Jo Marini and Sara Crowell, co-owners of The Local food truck (, announced their purchase of Raven's Nest Coffee at 330 N. Institute St., last week. According to Marini, they'll take over operations in mid-July and continue to operate the spot as Raven's Nest through summer, with a tentative plan to incorporate new menus and likely the truck's branding by fall.

"We thought we'd do a second truck before this — we weren't looking for it," says Marini, noting that it was by chance they learned of the coffee spot being on the market. "We really love Gotta Love It! Market [The Local's current commissary]."

That said, the goal is to convert the Nest into their own commissary, with a basement-level prep room and overhaul of the upstairs into more of a "fun, open-style New York kitchen" that would incorporate, as well as expand on, popular truck items such as The Local Burger (see p. 27).

In addition to MeadowGrass Music Festival this weekend, The Local can currently be found at Curbside Cuisine from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays; outside Cottonwood Center for the Arts at those same hours on Thursdays; and at Ivywild School with the Colorado Farm & Art Market from 3 to 7 p.m., Wednesdays as of June 12.

Say it with a series

• Longtime local and lauded bartender Nate Windham will host a new "Date with Nate" party-drinks series at his current alcohol abode, the Blue Star (1645 S. Tejon St., The first installment of the monthly series will run from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, June 2. Each class will feature an education on two punches, plus additional information on topics like organizing self-serve bars and how to batch classic cocktails to serve crowds. The $30 cost includes meat and cheese snacking; RSVP requested.

• Craftwood Inn chef Brother Luck recently created a side business called crEATe719 Kitchen (, which promotes catering services and more interestingly, a pop-up dinner series. As Luck explained to Indy reporter Bryce Crawford, "My goal is to continue building the local food scene with a theatrical way of dining ... It will be a fun night full of surprises and a chance for me to show off another side of my chef personality."

Luck's first meal, an eight-course affair paired with beer cocktails, will be themed around "street eats" and will take place from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Sunday, June 23, at the Triple Nickel Tavern. The alluring $45 menu includes pork belly tacos, bone marrow tater tots, Pueblo green chile pizza and curry cotton candy.

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