New downtown restaurant makes use of area's agriculture industry

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) The Downtown Farmer's Market may have come to an end for the summer, but a new downtown restaurant is giving people the chance to eat local produce year-round.

"It's the type of food we want to eat and we thought that there was a need for a good healthy option downtown," said restaurant chef and owner Nick Santos.

Cafe Sol offers soup, salads and sandwiches with 95% of the ingredients coming form local or state sources.

"All the wine's from Palisade. All of the beverages are from Colorado," Santos said. "The coffee's from Denver. We use Colorado cheeses. When we can't source stuff locally, we source stuff from Colorado."

The restaurant just opened its doors to customers last week and it already has some regulars.

"The freshness of it is just amazing," said Sue Sickles, who came to the restaurant for lunch two days in a row. "I'm so thankful that we have the opportunity to have fresh food, right here, homegrown in our own little town."

Cafe Sol is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

"I hope to continue to develop relationships with local food vendors and farmers and just become a mainstay for downtown," said Santos.

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