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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Just 18 months after two Colorado Springs locals opened Wild Goose Meeting House at the corner of Boulder and Tejon streets, the owners now plan to complete a sizable expansion of their popular downtown cafe in late 2015. Yemi Mobolade, co-owner and operator of Wild Goose (401 N. Tejon St.), told the Business Journal this […]
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“Global domination.” Or at least close, said hot sauce and marinade entrepreneur Patrick Tolbert of his fledgling company’s mission statement. “We want to be the No. 2 hot sauce in the world,” he explained, conceding to Tabasco’s monster market share. “Everybody says they want to be the best. We’ll take No. 2.” Tolbert, with his […]
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A crowd of more than 100 people stood together last Thursday afternoon on a dirt-covered lot beside South Nevada Avenue, celebrating both a moment and a dream finally beginning to come true. This was the groundbreaking ceremony for the Blue Dot apartment complex, a 33-unit project at 412 S. Nevada, between Costilla and Cimarron streets. Partner […]
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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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Living or starting a business in a tiny home has been a popular trend, and Colorado Springs is well known for its connections to the industry. The city hosted the Tiny House Jamboree, which drew thousands during the past two years. The event has since moved to Arlington, Texas, because...
The owners of Manitou Springs-based Coquette’s Bistro and Bakery announced Monday that they will open a second location at 321 N. Tejon St., the former home of the Curry Leaf restaurant. “We couldn’t be happier with the space and with what we’ll bring to it, but we’re equally as happy with the relationship we’ve developed […]
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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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The El Pomar Foundation trustees announced this week the approval of a $10 million grant to the United States Olympic Museum. “The Olympic Museum draws on the strength of the Colorado Springs community,” read a news release provided by the U.S. Olympic Committee. “As the headquarters for the United States Olympic Committee and 22 National Governing Bodies […]
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MONUMENT — A.B. Tellez cut his teeth in the restaurant business at a family-owned amusement park in Juarez, Mexico. Tellez, who owns Rosie’s Diner in Monument, grew up in El Paso, Texas, and spent his summers across the border. “The first two years, all I did was chip ice for beer,” Tellez said. “My third […]
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One diverse crew of locals hopes to plant the seeds of change in Colorado Springs with their branch of a national community café movement that will soon hit the streets of downtown. Seeds Community Café is scheduled to open in mid-August at 109 E. Pikes Peak Ave., and the folks in charge have a vision […]
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Nothing puts an eatery on the shunning shortlist like a food poisoning outbreak  — think Chipotle in 2015 or Jack in the Box, circa 1993. Following a widespread E. coli outbreak last fall, Chipotle recorded its first loss since it first went public a decade ago. The quick-service food brand’s value declined an estimated $8 […]
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