The owners of Manitou Springs-based Coquette’s Bistro and Bakery announced Monday they will open a second location at 321 N. Tejon St., the former home of the Curry Leaf restaurant.
“We couldn’t be happier with the space and with what we’ll bring to it, but we’re equally as happy with the relationship we’ve developed with the many people we respect towards revitalizing downtown,” said co-owner Michelle Marx in a news release. “We expect to have a lot of fun merging our energy with the action and creating co-ventures and promotional opportunities.”
The announcement comes after a two-year search for a location to expand the gluten-free family business into downtown Colorado Springs, according to Marx, who owns and operates Coquette’s with daughter Turu Eurich. The mother-daughter duo say they hope to open the new spot, located in the Colorado Springs Music Building and Lofts, by Valentine’s Day 2014.
According to the release, the 4,000 square feet of retail space will feature a full bar, patio, retail shop with baked goods and pastries, and a room for special events and private parties. Marx said that the lease officially begins Jan. 1 and they “have the opportunity for 15 years.”
Marx and Eurich have been keeping busy: They opened a seasonal pop-up Nov. 15 at 104 N. Tejon St., the former site of novelty shop Zeezo’s. Zeezo’s owners Mark and Jessica Modeer purchased and moved into the historic Bryan & Scott Jewelers building at 112 N. Tejon St. in mid-October and still had several months left on their lease at the old space. At the suggestion of Downtown Partnership’s Susan Edmondson, Marx said the two parties discussed subletting the shop and soon struck up a deal to do so until Dec. 31.
“We just love having them here,” said Mark Modeer, who is gluten intolerant and frequents Coquette’s because of their attention to customers’ dietary needs.
Marx said that although Coquette’s will remain in Manitou, the base store will go through some changes after the transition to an expanded market.
“We still don’t know exactly what we will do yet after the first of the year, but that there will be some sort of downsizing at our Manitou location,” Marx said.
Coquette’s has been located at 915 Manitou Ave. for more than four years and is open on weekends as well as every weekday except Tuesday. According to its website, the business prides itself on being free of gluten, wheat and soy protein, as well as ensuring a controlled environment without allergenic cross-contamination. Commercial Coquette’s customers include the Cliff House, Extreme Pizza, Whole Foods and the Melting Pot.