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Atomic Cowboy/Denver Biscuit Company/Fat Sully's imminently opening, set to impress

Matthew Schniper Sep 1, 2018 17:30 PM
Matthew Schniper
The Franklin biscuit sandwich is the best-seller, with buttermilk fried chicken, Tender Belly bacon and cheddar with sausage gravy. The Atomic Bloody Mary is composed of Family Jones Vodka, house mix and Left Hand's milk stout nitro.

Things are about to go Atomic in downtown Colorado Springs — not in the constant nuclear threat NORAD kinda way, to be clear. But in the Atomic Cowboy/Denver Biscuit Company/Fat Sully's kinda way.

As the Indy recently reported, the eatery/drink trifecta (all under one roof) is opening its fifth location in state, in downtown Colorado Springs in the former Southside johnny's location at 528 S. Tejon Street. Doors officially open to the public on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 8 a.m.

The initial four locations are in Denver. The city's Westword newspaper is fond of the spots, nostalgic even, in a recent write-up; and the overall outfit has been no stranger to TV either.
Based on our limited media preview Friday, Aug. 31, we were pretty impressed by the comfort food items and a couple quality cocktails. See the slideshow below for a tour through items like enormous biscuit sandwiches.

Founder Drew Shader, who shared some backstory with us while we sampled, noted this new location is his biggest, at around 10,000 square feet, which includes a year-round, 2,500-square-foot rooftop deck/patio. He said he'd been searching for the right spot here over the course of three years, as he loves older, historic buildings like this former Trolley Building.

He's outwardly trying to invest in the Springs, not just with partnerships locally with the likes of Loyal Coffee, Lee Spirits Gin and Red Leg Brewing (specifically with whom beer sales will go to the area nonprofit Angels of America's Fallen), but also by investing in his staff. He tells us 18 different managers and staffers opted to make the move to the Springs, some for the reason of wanting to get out of Denver's hustle and bustle. He says he likes to develop people, and so far 180 folks have been hired, with a plan to hit 215 when an ice cream shop called Frozen Gold opens soon on the west side of the complex. (There's more to come, including a Dos Santos expansion from Denver, too.)

Given how many folks he sees in Denver, who drive up for the town's culinary culture, he's confident the Springs is more than ready to embrace his concepts. And again, based on our enjoyment of the comfort-items set before us, we're pretty certain that embrace they will, especially during weekend late-night hours.

Full hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, with New York-style pizza slices (they're awesome) available at Fat Sully’s walk-up window until 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Denver Biscuit Company will serve from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (3 p.m./weekends), while Atomic Cowboy, the spirits arm, will serve throughout all operating hours.

View slideshow: Atomic Cowboy/Denver Biscuit Company/Fat Sully's give pre-opening menu preview by Matthew Schniper

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