Larkburger to open in Broadmoor Towne Center

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A Colorado-based burger chain, Larkburger, will open its seventh location in the Broadmoor Towne Center.

And it’s not your parents’ fast-food joint.

Larkburger, based in Edwards, has locations in Boulder, Denver, Edwards and Fort Collins. The Springs location will be its southernmost in the state.

The burger was first featured on the menu at the Larkspur Restaurant and Vail. Chef Thomas Salamunovich said it was the all-natural gourmet burger was so well-received, he opened the first restaurant in Edwards in 2006. The Fort Collins location opened in mid-August of 2010.

The restaurant prides itself on all-natural ingredients, and reuses the canola oil as automotive fuel, according to its web site.

The stores are powered by 100 percent wind energy, and the cups, napkins, plates and silverware are made from biodegradeable products. Even the walls of the store are reclaimed timber from urban forests from the San Francisco Bay area.

The menu features its namesake Larkburger but also includes turkey burgers, vegetarian burgers, salads, grilled cheese and fries. But none of it is typical fast-food fare. The fries are tossed with parmesan cheese and truffle oil. One of the burgers also comes with truffle aioli. The tuna burger comes with cilantro and wasabi-ginger sauce. There’s also a $5, 20-ounce milkshake on the menu.

While few details were available about the location, the Larkburger web site did spell out some of the requirements it looks at when expanding: it needs a traffic count of at least 50,000 cars a day and a daytime population of at least 75,000. The average household income must be at least $70,000.

Buildings must be between 1,800 and 2,300 square feet, and Larkburger prefers the corner or end cap. Restaurants must have room for 45 to 60 people inside, and 16 to 26 on the patio.

Check back at CSBJ.com for more information about when the restaurant will open, and why they chose the Broadmoor Towne Center and the Springs.