photo - From left, Cailee, Julie and Ghassan Nehme are the new owners of Marigold Cafe & Bakery. Photo by Teresa Farney
From left, Cailee, Julie and Ghassan Nehme are the new owners of Marigold Cafe & Bakery. Photo by Teresa Farney 

Meet the Nehme family, the new owners of the beloved Marigold Café & Bakery, 4605 Centennial Blvd. Mom and dad, Julie and Ghassan, are learning the ropes of the bustling business. Daughter Cailee is the manager, but is also trying her hand at learning the workings of the bakery.

Although Elaine and Dominique Chavanon, who owned the eatery for almost 25 years, have retired, they still drop by to offer support to the Nehmes. The bottom line is customers still line up for seats in the packed restaurant.

Key staff, like the baker, executive chef and most of the excellent back and front of the house, have stayed in place, meaning the food quality and service is as solid as ever. Details: 599-4776, marigoldcoloradosprings.com.

Brunch, patio and pizza

Rick Velliquette, owner of The Bistro on 2nd, 65 Second St., Monument, has not missed a beat upgrading his cozy eatery with more deck and patio space. He has taken advantage of the stunning view of the Front Range with the addition of a deck to the west of his restaurant.

"There's room for a band and live music," he said.

At the back of the original patio he has installed a huge grill and a pizza oven.

"The pizza oven is from Italy and we can make an 8-inch artisan pizza in 1 minute," he said. "I'm looking for a bakery to make brioche buns for brats off the grill."

Sunday brunch is served 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It's an order off the menu deal with many of the Bistro's favorites offered along with omelets, French toast, and Tater-tot Grilled Cheese & Bacon Waffles ($9). Details: 481-8822, thebistro2nd.com.

Home run

Mike Boyle, host of the Mike Boyle Restaurant Show on 1460 AM Saturdays at 10 a.m., is having his Meal Deal and Baseball Equipment Drive at all five Louie's Pizzas on July 1. For $4.95 you get a large one topping pizza and additional toppings at 50 cents each. You can also get a garlic bread and/or house salad with each pizza for 25 cents each. Sub sandwiches will be $3 each. This event is dine in or take out and you can get as many as you like. Boyle uses this event for another special cause near and dear to him.

"I have used these lunches at Louie's to gather new and used baseball equipment that is then transported, by me or others I designate, to poor kids in the villages of the Dominican Republic," he said. "I have been doing this for a few years, and the public has responded incredibly well. Very generous with equipment. Any money I receive goes to purchase more equipment. Every dollar, including money I have also contributed, 100 percent goes to the cause. Not one dollar goes to airfare, lodging, food, anything."

Boyle will be broadcasting his show that day from the Louie's Pizza at 4815 Barnes Road, but baseball equipment can be brought to any of the other four Louie's.

Open

The Black Forest Food Café and Delicatessen, 140 2nd St., has opened serving espresso drinks, house baked goods, soups, salads, paninis, and savory entrées. There's also a small selection European groceries and prepared foods. Details: 203-4436, blackforestfoods.com.

'KVOR Table Talk'

Guests on the "KVOR Table Talk" radio show at 1 p.m. Saturday:

- Victor Matthews, dean of Paragon Culinary School and owner of Black Bear Distillery, 10375 Ute Pass Ave., Green Mountain Falls, talks about the opening of his tasting room, which is open Sundays, 1 to 3 p.m., for early bird specials and longer in depth tasting classes; 3 to 11 p.m. for regular tours and tastings. The full bar opens at 5 p.m. with artisan cocktails. Tours and tastings are free. He offers three Craftshines. There's a barbecue truck selling food. Details: 964-2990, blackbeardistillery.com.

- Tim Black, owner of the soon to open Tap Traders, 3104 N. Nevada Ave., talks about the pub, which is located in historic Alexander film studios service building. All Colorado Springs microbrews will be on tap. Food will be prepared by James Davis. A late June opening is the plan. Visit taptraders.com.

- Franco Pisani, owner of Paravicini's Italian Bistro, 2802 W. Colorado Ave., and the soon to open Sopra, which is on the second floor of Paravicini's, talks about the new eatery. It's scheduled to open July 1. The menu will feature tapas-style foods for sharing. Details: 471-8200, paravicinis.com.

- Tara Downs, who, with her dad, Scott, own Pub Dog, 2207 Bott Ave., talk about their unique pub and eatery where your four-legged best friends can dine with you. Details: 375-0771, pubdogcolorado.com.

-

Send tips about restaurant openings, closings and specials to teresa.farney@gazette.com, 636-0271, Twitter: @tffoodie or Facebook Teresa Farney.

0