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Blue Star Group shares details on the local dining empire's future 

Three Blue Star Group restaurants have closed or changed this year — Nosh, The Blue Star and Old School Bakery — all with sudden, cryptic press releases that felt like portents of total collapse. Turns out, sudden and cryptic is all they were; BSG owner Joseph Coleman sat down with us to share the state of the 22-year-old dining empire.

He says that right now, BSG is in a state of “evolve or die.” Nosh, he says, grew into a huge part of the brand, but internal problems made it a poor representation of the Blue Star brand. That lines up with consistency problems we noted in recent reviews. Coleman does plan to open a new concept at Plaza of the Rockies, but that won’t happen any sooner than 2019, pending renovations to the complex, he says.

As for the flagship Blue Star’s new location, Coleman’s still working out details, but it’ll be downtown, and he’ll own the building. It’ll have a smaller dining room and will cater to changing customer habits, meaning lower prices and smaller portions to target regular diners — less Broadmoor and more Odyssey Gastropub. Blue Star 3.0 won’t go forward until there are new renting tenants in the former Blue Star building, he says.

As for Coleman’s Ivywild School digs, plans have been in motion for some time to move the Old School Bakery’s baking operations off-site in order to expand the overtaxed kitchen. That’s not happening now — OSB will instead continue to distribute breads baked by locals Delicias Bakery and pastries baked by Pueblo’s Hopscotch Bakery.

As for BSG’s successes, The Principal’s Office is “crushing.” Renovations to improve access to the bar are in the works, but that won’t happen until after summer 2018 sometime. Further, Coleman says, keep an eye out for news about a second La’au’s Taco Shop location in town.

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