Openings and Closings

Now open: Nanna's Teas

When El Gordo Loco shuttered soon after opening in Lower Highland, Karen Renz, owner of Park Hill-based Nanna's Teas, picked up the lease to open a second outpost of her shop.

But there was a twist: In addition to dozens of varieties of loose-leaf teas, Renz also planned to serve breakfast, lunch and high tea from a sunny dining room in the old bungalow.

Renz gave the space a homey feel with a quick remodel, filling it out with linen-clothed tables, flowers and vases, and chalkboard menus on the back brick wall. The teas, spanning categories like herbal, black and fruit, as well as blended concoctions, which mix varieties of leaves into flavors like peach pie, cherry vanilla and, um, "Let's get pregnant" (we'll probably be skipping that one), are available in bulk packaging or for drinking on the patio alongside sandwiches, salads and pastries.

Nanna's Teas is open Tuesday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. till 7 p.m.

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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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