Downtown Colorado Springs will not be the home to a new Southern Hospitality restaurant as planned, Southern Concepts Restaurant Group CEO Mitchell Roth said Monday.
The company, formerly called Bourbon Brothers Holding Corp., was close to finalizing a lease earlier this year to bring one of its restaurant brands, Southern Hospitality, to the city's downtown. The restaurant was expected to mimic the company's Southern Hospitality restaurant and sports bar on 17th Street in Denver. The company also owns the Southern Hospitality Southern Kitchen in northern Colorado Springs.
"We're shifting a little more to a limited-service model that would be more similar to Chipotle," he said. "And that's kind of the direction as a company that we think gives us the ability to earn the greatest return."
Southern Concepts Restaurant Group announced Aug. 3 it will open a fast casual restaurant, called Carve Barbecue, in Glendale, where customers will walk down a food line to choose their food, according to a company press release. Southern Concepts Restaurant Group operates from an office at 2 N. Cascade Ave. in downtown Colorado Springs.
Roth said the company is interested in bringing a fast casual restaurant to Colorado Springs in the future.
The restaurant in downtown Colorado Springs was planned for the corner of Kiowa and Tejon streets. Another restaurant, Bonny and Read Fresh Seafood and Steaks, is now planned to be located at the former homes of P.B. & Jellies New York Deli and Discreet Treats and take up part of the former GoWireless/Verizon store, all located on the first floor of the Giddings Lofts building.
"It was something that we were very seriously pursuing," Roth said. "And the problem ultimately was that we just weren't going to be able to build it cheap enough."