Thursday, November 30, 2017

In-N-Out Burger announces Colorado Springs location; people freak out

Posted By on Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 11:18 AM

A fast food classic.
  • A fast food classic.
In-N-Out Burger is one of those burger chains that people flock to when they're in California (or Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Texas or Utah) and freak out about.
We don't tend to cover much corporate food news here, but we're well aware of the brand's popularity, and media statewide has jumped on the news of an In-N-Out location set for the Victory Ridge development in Colorado Springs, on the north side.

Holy Animal Sauce! declares Westword. While Denver's Fox31 notes a "cult-type" following for the burger spot. 

No opening date's yet been announced, but here's what's know from a press release:

Westside Investment Partners, Inc. is proud to confirm that In-N-Out Burger, a California-based hamburger establishment with a loyal following, is currently under contract to purchase land at the Victory Ridge mixed-use development located in north Colorado Springs. The purchase will mark the hamburger chain’s first land acquisition in the Colorado market.

Current plans call for the development of In-N-Out Burger distribution facility and office building on a 22.4-acre parcel to support future growth in Colorado. Additionally, early plans show the establishment of an In-N-Out Burger restaurant at the primary corner of the Victory Ridge development at Interquest Parkway and Voyager Parkway.

Completion of the regional facility will require due process with City development standards. At this point no timeline is established for the initial opening date, with the contract with Westside representing the first step towards bringing the In-N-Out Burger brand to Coloradoans.

Andrew Klein, a Principal with Westside affirms, “We have been in discussions with a number of parties regarding an anchor tenant that can further our belief that Victory Ridge is the premier mixed-use development in the north Colorado Springs market. The prospect of In-N-Out coming to the site confirms that belief, and we cannot be more excited to welcome this user to our project.”

Victory Ridge is a 153-acre mixed-use development one-half mile east of the Interstate 25 and Interquest Parkway interchange, and will include up to 1.6 million square feet of commercial development, as well as residential and civic uses. Over 500 residences are currently planned, and the Field of Dreams regional sports complex has plans to occupy approximately 50 acres at the development. The development enjoys views over the entire United States Air Force Academy, and is 15 miles from downtown Colorado Springs, and 45 minutes south of the Denver market.

Westside Principal Otis Moore adds, “We purchased the Victory Ridge property in late 2016, knowing that this was one of the premier remaining development sites in north Colorado Springs. The interest from In-N-Out has only confirmed that belief. Westside counts itself amongst the devout followers of this iconic hamburger establishment, and we look forward to this creating more opportunities for this development that is serving an unmet demand for unique offerings in the north Colorado Springs market.”
When we say In-N-Out is popular in California, we mean it.
  • When we say In-N-Out is popular in California, we mean it.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Coquette's Bistro hires Broadmoor alum Johnathan Shankland

Posted By on Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 3:33 PM

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Coquette’s Bistro has hired Johnathan Shankland as operations manager, effective Monday, Nov. 6, according to a press release. Shankland’s a known face in the local food community, having worked in food and beverage management at The Broadmoor, The Famous and, most recently, the Antlers Hotel.

“We had put the word out that we were looking for someone to join us in that capacity,” says co-owner Michelle Marx. “We are so pleased and so excited about the future. It’s been very grounding — [Shankland is] exactly what we needed right now, because there’s so much going on.”

Shankland has taken over duties previously performed solely by co-owner Turu Marx, who is Michelle’s daughter. It was a staggering workload, as Coquettes has effectively four concepts in one space, according to Shankland. It’s a restaurant, yes, but there’s also the café and retail storefront, as well as the party and events space and the gluten-free goods production.

“Any of those could be replicated in another location,” Shankland says. And that’s just what he and the Marxes intend to do. “It was part of their concept when they moved to this facility, because they could have a larger production area.”

To help with the expansion, they'll soon hire a specialist in retail management — they've picked someone, but Shankland has declined to release their name, as they're in another position right now — to tighten down standards and practices in the café/retail arm. With that done, they’ll be looking for a spot in the northern or eastern parts of town to set up a second café and bakery, which will be stocked with gluten-free baked goods prepared at their Tejon Street location.

“You could go in and pick up your gluten-free cupcakes, cakes, breads, dinners you could take home and bake yourself,” says Shankland.

For right now, Shankland’s working on setting up partnerships with more local food suppliers, as well as bringing in more local wines and spirits to add to an existing list of several Colorado-produced gluten-free beers and hard ciders.
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Friday, November 3, 2017

Pikes Peak Market holds soft opening

Posted By on Fri, Nov 3, 2017 at 3:17 PM

At long last, the Pikes Peak Market is open for business. On Thursday, Nov. 2, the space held its soft opening, boasting six vendors. Props to the Rocky Mountain Food Report for breaking the story. We'll have more details in November 8th issue, but for now, check out some photos from opening day.
Location Details Pikes Peak Market
315 E. Pikes Peak Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO
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