The inaugural Colorado Springs Craft Week reached its peak Friday evening during the Crafter’s Festival, a sold-out signature event that brought together food and drink vendors from across the region. The Crafter’s Festival, which kicked off Friday afternoon at Venue 515 in Manitou Springs, attracted a variety of participating businesses, including 11 breweries, seven coffee […]
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Super Bowl Sunday is the unofficial winter holiday, a welcome bonanza for bars, restaurants and liquor stores that helps them through the slow business days just after the new year. It’s the official end of football season, and a designated day of celebration for many people, even those who don’t normally watch football. For decades, […]
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Aspiring restaurateurs in Colorado Springs will likely have to wait in line. Local real estate experts say restaurant-ready properties are scarce and — without additional construction — the supply will only get thinner. “I get three to four calls a day,” said Whitney Johnson, an associate at CBRE, a local commercial real estate company. “Space […]
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Area food trucks have discovered healthy competition is the key ingredient in their recipes for success. “There is definitely a synergy and we all kind of feed off each other when we come together,” said Christina Cunningham, marketing and event coordinator for Witty Pork’s and Street Treats food trucks. “It’s actually one of the best […]
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There are some new businesses brewing just north of downtown Colorado Springs. Two former coffee shops  — Dogtooth Coffee Company (505 E. Columbia St.) in the Patty Jewett neighborhood and STIR (2330 N. Wahsatch Ave.) in the Old North End — have recently been purchased by local restaurateurs who plan to recreate and reopen the […]
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Keith Altemose brews some delicious sodas. There are his coffee colas, Madagascar vanilla bean colas, his birch beer, sarsaparilla, orange cream, cherry cream and, of course, the ginger ale with black peppercorns and whole ginger that Altemose said is “quite exciting to put in your mouth.” Then there’s the beer. After all, that is what […]
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The new year is bringing new changes to the downtown business scene, particularly up and down the main artery of Tejon Street. A number of new businesses are taking root on Tejon, replacing some of the area’s recognizable mainstays. In other cases, businesses are closing and leaving behind vacancies. For example, the iconic Olive Branch […]
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At the stroke of midnight, Chin and Amy Kim’s baking crew arrives and begins preparing dough for a 4 a.m. opening. “We’ll go through 500 pounds of dough on a busy day — Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays,” Chin said. Once the dough is fried until puffy and golden, the decorating team takes over. At Amy’s […]
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Total restaurant sales in Colorado are expected to rise in 2014, exceeding $9.8 billion by year’s end, according to a recent forecast by the National Restaurant Association. The Association’s 2014 Restaurant Industry Forecast found that total restaurant sales in the state are expected to increase from $9.4 billion in 2013, a 4-percent rise, and will […]
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As more specialty coffee shops and micro-roasters saturate the community, it’s clear the city doesn’t lack options for fine coffee. According to local coffeehouse owners, there will be at about 10 specialty shops in the city once Loyal Coffee café and roastery makes its debut next month at 408 S. Nevada Ave. More entrepreneurs seem […]
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An Algerian crepe shop owner is on the verge of continuing a family food tradition in a historic downtown Colorado Springs structure. Wahid Hafsaoui, a 39-year-old native of Algiers, is putting the final touches on his new Couture’s Bistro, which should open in early November. The restaurant will be housed in the 6,800-square-foot former home […]
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While Colorado Springs has welcomed a new gastropub and the first manager of a popular downtown food-truck market, a project to create the state’s first dog-friendly restaurant is one step closer to reality for the city’s Westside. Colorado Springs City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to amend the zoning on a .41-acre property at 2207 and […]
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