It was good hearing Olivier Leheux's French accent on a recent call. He is a pastry chef who had been off the culinary radar for several years. He called to announce he and business partners, Christian and Stefany Patriarca, were opening Slice 420 Pizza-Crepes.
"My partners have such a good story," he said.
On a visit to the eatery I learned that the Patriarcas have three children and their youngest daughter has cerebral palsy and epilepsy. The family, who had owned a pizzeria in Florida, moved to Colorado to gain legal access to medical cannabis to treat the little girl's seizures. When they met Leheux, the threesome cooked up the idea of opening a pizza and crepe parlor.
Make no mistake, there are no infused foods sold at the restaurant. Only great New York-style pizzas and authentic Parisian sweet and savory crepes, along with other pastries. A wine and beer license is in the works. Details: 2501 W. Colorado Ave., #108, 368-6977, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays, tinyurl.com/yc3vmeo5.
Head to TILL Kitchen to fill up on espresso drinks and noshes at The ROOST Coffee House. If you want more than a cup of joe and a croissant you can select a more substantial meal from a full menu. Vinnie Snyder, a barista at Peak Place Café and Hold Fast Coffee Co., is assisting the launch of the coffee bar where Michael Mussi is pulling the caffeinated shots. Other local grounds being sourced include: Switchback Coffee Roasters and Mission Coffee Roasters. Details: 9633 Prominent Point, 282-8004, open at 7 a.m. daily, tillkitchen.com.
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Duca's Neapolitan Pizza has opened in The Antlers hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave. The pizza eatery is located at the back of the former Judge Baldwin's with its own entrance. The Antlers' culinary team, lead by executive chef Joey LaBlanc, was trained for a week by the Duca's chefs. The menu and recipes are exactly the same as other two Duca's eateries. As for the front of the former Judge Baldwin's, it will soon be transformed into Sportivo Primo, a sports bar serving a casual menu. Details: 955-6291, antlers.com.
Schnitzel Fritz German Restaurant and Deli owners, Mitch and Anke Verburg, have planed the "Grand Take Over" for Oct. 30, when they will officially hand over the keys to the eatery to new owner Kata Fisher. Specials and festivities are planned for the entire day. Details: 4037 Tutt Blvd., 573-2000, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, schnitzelfritz.com.
The Margarita at PineCreek, 7350 Pine Creek Road, is the place for Lobster Week, Nov. 1 to 4. There are two options for your dinner lobster fix: $45 for a three courses or $53 for five courses. The regular menu and lounge menu will be available. Details: 598-8667, margaritaatpinecreek.com.
Steve Draper, owner of Motif Jazz Café, has opened Motif Sandwich Shop in a portion of the jazz club.
"I wanted to make a Houston (Texas)-style sandwich with my secret southern relish sauce," he said. "I was looking for the right bread."
He discovered Joshua Aldarondo, owner of Delicias Bakery, who was able to duplicate the exact type of small, soft baguette-style loaf he was in search of.
The menu is small and tight: The Motif Original($6.95) with ham, salami and provolone, sliced dill pickles and relish sauce; Motif Super Original ($7.95), same as the original but with extra meat and cheese; and Classic Turkey and Classic Ham ($6.95 each). What sets the sandwiches apart is the homemade mayonnaise, premium deli meats and flavorful bread. The turkey is not a deli item, rather it's an actual turkey breast that is slow roasted to moist perfection. Details: 182 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., 344-9470, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, motifjazzcafe.com/sandwich-shop.
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