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Gazette Premium Content C.B. & Potts coming to Copper Ridge development in Colorado Springs

By Rich Laden Published: October 11, 2013

C.B. & Potts, a popular restaurant and sports bar with seven locations in Fort Collins and the Denver area, will open its first Colorado Springs location next year when it joins the Copper Ridge at Northgate retail complex on the city's far north side.

Construction on the 8,000-square-foot restaurant is set to start in late spring; the restaurant is scheduled to open by next summer, said Copper Ridge developer Gary Erickson.

The stand-alone building will be constructed on 1.5 acres south of the 117,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shops, Copper Ridge's first anchor, which is scheduled to open in late November, Erickson said. C.B. & Potts' parent company Ram International, sought a location near the outdoor retailer.

"Bass Pro's been the drawing card for everybody we've signed up and that we're talking to," Erickson said.

Copper Ridge, a planned 2 million-square-foot retail complex, is being developed on 200 acres southeast of Interstate 25 and North Gate Boulevard.

Other retailers that Erickson says are planning to open or considering a location at Copper Ridge include:

- Magnum Shooting Center, a 30,000-square-foot shooting range planned by a group of Colorado Springs business people, expects to start construction next spring. The center will be northeast of Bass Pro.

- Orange Leaf frozen yogurt, an Oklahoma City-based self-serve, choose-your-own-toppings frozen dessert chain, will join newcomer Interstate Battery, previously announced Jimmy John's and two other as-yet unannounced tenants in a 9,000-square-foot strip center being built near Bass Pro. A second 9,000-square-foot strip center also is planned as part of Copper Ridge.

- Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers, based in Georgia and whose website describes the chain as "the originator of classic southern pizza," is in talks to locate its first Springs store at Copper Ridge. Mellow Mushroom has three Denver-area locations.

Other, previously announced Copper Ridge businesses include Bourbon Brothers Smokehouse & Tavern - a southern-style restaurant. Bourbon Brothers, under construction, is targeted to open in mid-January, said J.W. Roth, a Colorado Springs investor who is the majority owner of Bourbon Brothers.

Roth said Bourbon Brothers also plans two more restaurants at Copper Ridge: Bourbon Brothers Homemade Ice Cream and Pies, which aims for a late June opening, and Bourbon Brothers Seafood and Chophouse, targeted to open in October 2014.

The Bourbon Brothers' restaurants will sit on 5 acres near Bass Pro. Roth said he also plans to build a 250-seat outdoor amphitheater on the site that will host outdoor entertainment.

The developer of the Colorado Grand Resort Hotel & Water Park, also envisioned as a part of Copper Ridge, is working on his plans, and the project remains a go, Erickson said.

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Contact Rich Laden: 636-0228 Twitter @richladen

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