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Civic Center Eats extends through September

Civic Center Conservancy used Facebook to ask downtown lunchers if they wanted to see Civic Center Eats extended through September -- and those lunchers rose to the occasion.

Yesterday was the last of the Tuesday events officially on the calendar, and the park saw one of the best Civic Center Eats turn-outs to date. So the Conservancy is rewarding its fans by extending the Eats schedule: The outdoor food court will resume on September 14 (clean-up for this weekend's Taste of Colorado will wipe September 7 off the map), and continue every Tuesday until the end of the month, rain or shine.

"The vendors were really the impetus," says Lindy Eichenbaum Lent, the Conservancy's executive director. "They rallied the fans. Our vision for the park has always been a place that is activated by people every day, year-round. We're happy to continue."

In addition to extending the Tuesday lunch event, the city just amended its agreement with the Conservancy to allow four mobile vendors to serve the park every day when Civic Center isn't permitted for another event. Those vendors will rotate, so keep checking the Facebook and Twitter pages of your favorite trucks to find out when they'll be there.

When Civic Center Eats does start again in two weeks, it will also welcome two new vendors: the Porker Cart and the Inventing Room.

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Laura Shunk was Westword's restaurant critic from 2010 to 2012; she's also been food editor at the Village Voice and a dining columnist in Beijing. Her toughest assignment had her drinking ten martinis and eating ten Caesar salads over the course of 48 hours. She still drinks martinis, but remains lukewarm on Caesar salads.
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