7,000-square-foot restaurant planned at 31st Street and Highway 24

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Lakeway, Texas-based Ford Restaurant Group is scheduled to begin construction on a 7,000-square-foot grocery store and barbecue restaurant at the southeast corner of 31st Street and Colorado Highway 24.

Rudy’s Country Store and BBQ will employ up to 80 people and seat 250, with seating available for 60 more on an outdoor patio. The stores are considered to be a one-stop gas station, convenience store and restaurant.

The store/restaurant will include gasoline pumps and three oak-fired pit barbecues, each capable of cooking 400 pounds of meat each.

There are 17 Rudy’s restaurants in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. This will be the first one in Colorado.

“We have been working on this project for over three years,” said Vice President Pete Bassett. “The property had to be rezoned and we had to get a developmental plan through the city. It was just a long process of dotting all the “I”s and crossing the “T”s, so we’re excited to finally get the paperwork behind us and are ready to start turning some dirt and cooking some barbecue.”

Springs-based Christofferson Commercial Builders, which has built all but three of the Rudy’s locations, will construct the local restaurant and retail store.

Bassett said the company is shooting for a late spring/early summer opening and that earth moving on the site has yet to begin.

Rudy’s was founded in 1989 by Phil Romano, the founder of Fudruckers and Macaroni Grill. Ford Restaurant Group started as a Rudy’s franchisee during 1994, purchased Rudy’s during 1996 and open its first company property in New Braunfels, Texas during 1996.

“Colorado Springs is a beautiful city and has a diverse business climate,” Bassett said. “We have seen a lot of interest from Colorado Springs residents through our Web site, and Christofferson was instrumental in pointing out the site to us.”

7 Responses to 7,000-square-foot restaurant planned at 31st Street and Highway 24

  1. YEEEHAAWWWW….Now this is real BBQ…..Welcome Rudy’s….

    Ken G
    December 14, 2009 at 12:37 pm

  2. I go to texas at least twice a year,and dream of brisket the rest of the year. I am so excited,and will wait with anticipation for this place,practically in my backyard. I looked up pics of the san antonio place. its all good right down to the pickles,please don’t change anythig!

    renee b
    December 14, 2009 at 1:49 pm

  3. I second the YEEEHAAWWWW! Our family is looking forward to real Texas BBQ. We’ve enjoyed Rudy’s on many occasions over the years when our paths crossed a Rudy’s location.

    Karen S
    December 14, 2009 at 2:43 pm

  4. ……… oh, good….. another chain bbq place. yippie.

    Like it'll matter .....
    December 14, 2009 at 2:46 pm

  5. Rudy’s in town, yeah! I visit albuquerque every month and each time I have orders of several bottles of their Rudy’s Sauce for my neighbors. We all like good, smoked, barbecued meat and Rudy’s Sauce is our choice of sauce. We are all scheduling a lunch when the store opens this spring.

    Bob Sanders
    December 15, 2009 at 2:04 pm

  6. I’m a native texan and I will tell you that Rudy’s although somewhat of a chain is some of the best bbq in the state of texas. they were featured as one of the top 10 bbq places in texas last year by Travel. The problem is that’s addictive. You wait in line, they sell it by the lb and give you a sheet of white cooking paper to eat off of. As you wait in line cold drinks are in ice tubs waiting for you to grab and enjoy…old time root beer, big red, you name it…and cold beer. you are all very lucky to be getting one.

    February 17, 2010 at 2:49 pm

  7. man I cant wait. i’m from San Antonio originally but I LOVE Rudy’s BBQ…cant wait for this place to open ..YAHOO!!

    james e
    March 12, 2010 at 9:44 am