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Breakfast for dinner at LePeep

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

LeBreakfast, LeLunch — and now LeDinner.

Evergreen’s LePeep restaurant in Bergen Park will be open for dinner beginning the week of Oct. 6, said owner Rod Miller.

“It’s unusual,” said Miller, who has owned the restaurant since 2002. “I don’t know of any other LePeep open for dinner in Colorado. There may be some in other states that I’m not aware of.”

Who can argue with breakfast for dinner? The complete LePeep menu will be offered, plus other American comfort food, Miller said. The dinner offerings won’t be huge to start, but if evening business takes off, Miller said he will be more than happy to expand the offerings.

“I think there’s some room left in the (Evergreen) market for this basic American fare,” Miller said. “Other restaurants are fine dining or ethnic. This will give customers an affordable alternative.”

LePeep will be open until 8 p.m. during the week and until 9 p.m. on weekends, but Miller says that’s open to change, too.

Miller said he’s hoping to offer theme nights such as date night and kids night.

Why the change?

“It’s specific to my circumstance,” Miller explained. “It’s born out of necessity. I need to increase sales in order to cover the rising costs of everything.”

Marko’s Mexican Xpress opens

Does it seem strange that someone named Kevin Smith would be co-owner of a new Mexican restaurant in Evergreen?

Smith laughed about his non-Hispanic-sounding name but said 30 years of being married to Corinne Juarez and being part of her family has helped him become a fabulous cook.

Smith, his wife and his sister-in-law Joy Juarez have opened Marko’s Mexican Xpress at 32156 Castle Court in North Evergreen.

Smith said he and his wife moved to Evergreen about 18 months ago and decided they could fill a niche by providing quick family-style Mexican food.

In the week and a half that Marko’s has been open, business has been brisk, Smith said, more brisk than the family expected. He said he expected business to start out more slowly, but he’s thrilled with the customers.

Marko’s offers a variety of homemade Mexican food. “We don’t freeze anything,” Smith said. “We don’t buy anything that’s pre-made or frozen. We hand-make it day to day.”

This is truly a family business, with Smith’s children and other members of the Juarez family working at the restaurant. Marko’s is named after Joy Juarez’s husband, who died in February. The restaurant is a tribute to him.

Marko’s is open from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays.

Whispering Pines, Medical Aesthetics share space

It’s a match made in heaven, of sorts, for two businesses that have combined space in Bergen Village.

Whispering Pines Day Spa and Evergreen Medical Aesthetics celebrated their joint opening in new space last month. The two businesses share an entrance area and waiting room but have separate areas for clients.

“We have a lot of the same clients,” said Brenda Cumming, co-owner of Evergreen Medical Aesthetics. “(Sharing space) makes it more convenient for our clients. It’s a one-stop shop.”

Whispering Pines offers “wonderful pampering things,” said Marla Haley, one of the owners of the spa, including massages, facials, manicures and pedicures. Evergreen Medical Aesthetics offers skin improvement services such as Botox, facial and chemical peels, and laser hair removal.

The waiting area is a comfortable environment.

“It’s like sitting in your den,” Haley said. “When it’s chilly, we have a fireplace going. People can come in early to sit by the fireplace and drink tea.”

Cumming called it a match made in heaven. Both businesses were located separately in other areas of Bergen Park, and both were looking to move into a different space. The owners started talking, and the idea of the shared space was born.

Have tips about businesses in Evergreen? Contact Evergreen resident Deb Hurley Brobst at deb@evergreenco.com.