Colorado Springs award winning restaurant lures award-winning server

Published: December 6, 2013, 11:30 am

Raj Adhikar, co-owner of Little Nepal Indian Restaurant & Bar, has hired Rick Velliquette as a managing partner.

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Raj Adhikari and Muku Bhandari, owners of the award-winning Little Nepal Indian Restaurant & Bar eateries, have hired award-winning Rick Velliquette as a managing partner.

Velliquette, winner of 2011 and 2013 “Best of the Springs” server, most recently worked at Joseph’s Fine Dining the past five years.

“Rick has been assisting and consulting with us unofficially for two years,” said Adhikari in a press release. “We felt it was time to make it offical and bring him into our family. He has almost single-handedly refurbished and created the new look and feel of our second location on Flintridge.”

Details: 1747 S. 8th St., 477-6997; and 4820 Flintridge Drive, 598-3428;

Coquette’s downtown

Michelle Marx and Turu Marx Eurich, owners of Coquette’s Bistro & Bakery, are moving their business from Manitou Springs to 321 N. Tejon St. in Colorado Springs. They will keep a smaller operation in Manitou Springs. The plan is to have the new location open by
Feb. 14.

End of an era

Back in the day, neighborhood grocery stores were the norm. Not so any more, and the closing of The Little Market and Deli, 749 E. Willamette Ave., is a sign of the times.

“Our last day will be Dec. 24,” said Kimberly Garcia, daughter of store owner Chris Bettendorf. “Mom has been using her retirement money to keep the store open. It’s time for her stop working and take it easy.”

There is an open house 7 a.m. to
7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 7 to say thanks to loyal customers. Don’t forget to place orders for holiday runza ($23.19 for 6) and potica ($12.99 for 1-pound loaf). Details: 635-0769,

Holiday hayride

The Gleneagle Women’s Club along with several other groups offer the Holiday Festival of Lights Hayride at the Gleneagle Golf Club, 345 Mission Hill Way, 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 15. No charge, but donation welcome, for hayride, homemade cookies, hot chocolate and coffee. Chili available to buy at The Palms Restaurant at the Golf Club. Details:
488-0653, market

The Colorado Farm and Art Market and the Margarita at PineCreek, 7350 Pine Creek Road, offer a Winter Market 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Inspired by the holiday markets in Europe, the vendors will be outside on the restaurant patio and field. Homemade crafts and local food featured. Details: 640-6154, farmandartmarket.

Closed for remodeling

La’au’s, 830 N. Tejon St., is closed until spring for an interior remodel and expansion of the patio.

Wine and cheese

Sweet Elephant, 2502 W. Colorado Ave., is the place to drop by to sample cheese and enjoy a sip or two of Colorado wine at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $10 for cheese, fruit and cracker samples. Wine available for purchase. Details: 635-1555,

Toy drive

Mike Boyle, host of The Restaurant Show, is having a Christmas dinner and toy drive at Rocco’s Italian Restaurant, 3802 Maizeland Road, from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 10.

New, unwrapped toys will be given to TAPS, founded to help families who have had a military family member killed in action. You can drop off toys whether you attend the dinner or not. Rocco’s is offering the entire entr? menu buy-one-get-one free. Details: 574-1426,


The Wild Goose Meeting House, 401 N. Tejon St., has openedwhere you can get artisan coffee, beer, wine and food. Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Details: 445-0170, wildgoose


The Curry Leaf, 321 N. Tejon St., has closed.

“KVOR Table Talk”

Guests on the “KVOR Table Talk” radio show on 740 AM, 2 to 3 p.m. Saturda,y include Dick Frieg, Savory Spice Shop; Regina Cihaki and Alyssa Cihak Lopezi, Nothing Bundt Cakes; Daisy McConnell, UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art; Blandine Brutel, The French Kitchen.

Send tips about restaurant openings, closings, menu changes and food specials to, 636-0271