Grand Junction's Egg and I restaurant is now known as First Watch.
The new eatery at 120 W. Park Drive, Suite 107, reopened June 8. The Egg and I closed June 2.
Staff spent that downtime emptying and cleaning the back of the house, stocking new ingredients, equipment and supplies, training and bringing in new staff.
The two concepts have different menus, and First Watch includes items such as a "Kale Cooler" and avocado toast.
First Watch acquired Egg and I within the past few years and has been converting restaurants to the new model. The corporate-owned Grand Junction location is one of the last to switch over.
A recent remodel to the Egg and I within the past few months was related to, and in anticipation of, the change to the First Watch model. A company spokesman called it an "urban farm" look and feel.
First Watch is open from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. seven days per week.
■ The Cross Orchards Farm and Ranch Market is up and running for the summer season and will operate through Oct. 26.
The market runs from 7:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Saturdays at 3073 Patterson Road. It opened for the season June 15.
Cross Orchards Farm and Ranch Market serves as a nonprofit for local farmers and ranchers and is run by the Museums of Western Colorado, which operates Dinosaur Journey, Museum of the West and the Cross Orchards Historic Site.
The market will have 14 different vendors, according to Matt Darling, curator of the Cross Orchards Historic Site. Farmers will bring products such as peaches, apples and watermelons.
The market will also operate a train ride on Saturdays and has added a scavenger hunt to the ride that includes stuffed animals and toys.
Darling said children should keep an eye out for an ogre in the orchard and a witch in the barn.
Cross Orchards will also be a vendor at the market, selling some products from its small victory gardens.
■ Fruita's Hot Tomato Pizza will close for a little more than a week for summer vacation.
The popular restaurant at 124 N. Mulberry St. will be closed from June 30 through July 8, according to the business' Facebook page.
Hot Tomato will reopen July 9 and has regular hours of 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Restaurant co-owner Jen Zeuner said the summer break started as a way for her and co-owner Anne Keller to have some time off together and became an annual hiatus for the entire staff.
"Looking at how busy we have been, we are really happy that we have continued on with it as I think we would all be a little less than eager to show up as our best selves every day," Zeuner said in an email to The Daily Sentinel.
The restaurant also closes over Thanksgiving and takes two weeks off around Christmas and New Year's.
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