The Heart of Jerusalem Cafe seemed like a hit in Manitou Springs.
Folks were seeking out the little 300-square-foot store in the Manitou Lofts and Shops building, 906 Manitou Avenue, for authentic deep-fried falafel, a fast-food in the Middle East made of fava beans or chickpeas and served in a pita bread. Here’s a photo from the www.About.com . . .
Even several of the residents of the seven upstairs lofts were customers, along with the building’s architect, Chuck Englund. Here’s a look at the building.
But as the store was about to start it’s second year, it found itself facing eviction. The homeowners association of the loft building was tossing Heart of Jerusalem out because the smell of frying falafel is awful, loft owners say. They don’t like the odor of cooking lamb, beef or chicken in the gyros on the menu, either.
Heart of Jerusalem hopes to move across the street among neighbors who raise a stink about the cooking.