Coquette’s Bistro and Bakery, the popular Manitou Springs eatery known for its gluten-free baked goods, will expand into downtown Colorado Springs in a few months.
The business is owned and operated by the mother-daughter team of Michelle Marx and Turu Eurich, who plan to open their second location at 321 N. Tejon St. by Feb. 14. The site is the former home of the Curry Leaf
The two considered opening their second location in other areas of the Colorado Springs, but Marx said Monday that they didn’t “have that same type of community vibe” as downtown.
“We like walking around and having that neighborhood feel,” Marx said. “A lot of our customers are from downtown.”
The move into the 4,000 square-foot space will allow Coquette’s to divide the restaurant into different sections. Marx and Eurich plan on building a bar and serving “innovative cocktails,” once they receive a liquor license, their website says. They also plan to increase the number of food items offered at the new location, and include a carry-out section.
“There will be a semi-private party/conference room as well,” the website says.
Marx said she and her daughter are leasing the building “for now,” but there has been talk of purchasing it in the future.
The Manitou Springs presence, Marx said, will be “greatly reduced.”
Coquette’s opened in Manitou Springs in August 2009 as Coquette Creperie. The women later renamed their restaurant Coquette’s Bistro and Bakery when they expanded their menu and added fresh-baked gluten-free products.
Marx and Eurich decided to start a gluten-free restaurant because Marx is gluten intolerant.
“When we realized the severity and scope (of the problem), we became diligent in our dedication to being 100 percent gluten-free,” their website says.
The business has already undergone an expansion. About six months ago, Coquette’s began selling its products at Whole Foods, Marx said. Now she and her daughter are adding staff to boost the wholesale/retail end of their business.
“The retail wholesale division will be a world unto its own,” Marx said.
Both Marx and Eurich had some restaurant experience before opening their business. Eurich is a former manager of the Boyd St Café in Los Angeles, and Marx’s father started jg melon, a New York restaurant, according to the website. And Eurich’s husband, Danny, is Coquette's head chef.
Coquette’s is already giving visitors to downtown Colorado Springs a taste of its food. Marx and Eurich opened a temporary holiday location at 104 N. Tejon St. that will be open until the end of the year.
Contact Ned Hunter: 636-0275