Diners looking for a taste of the sea will have a new option later this year in downtown Colorado Springs. Bonny and Read Fresh Seafood and Steaks, to be located near the corner of Tejon and Kiowa streets, is part of owner Joseph Campana's effort to bring a seafood restaurant downtown - something he's been hoping to do since he moved to the area in 1999.
"Our concentration will be on seafood," he said. "I want to see clams and oysters. We're going to have live Maine lobster, fresh fish flown in daily."
The restaurant is expected to open in October, Campana said, and seat between 120-140 people. He plans to have a patio, serve dinner seven days a week and have lunch Monday through Friday.
Campana, who also owns the The Rabbit Hole, 101 N. Tejon St., and the Supernova bar and arcade, 111 E. Boulder St., said the new restaurant's menu has not been finalized but could feature barracuda, swordfish, grouper and salmon, among other seafood options, and may also include fresh-squeezed orange and grapefruit juice.
"Our price point is going to be hopefully under $30," he said. "We want to be a little more inexpensive than The Famous," an upscale steakhouse at 31 N. Tejon St.
The Bonny and Read Fresh Seafood and Steaks is planned to be located at the former homes of P.B. & Jellies New York Deli and Discreet Treats and take up a portion of the former GoWireless/Verizon store, all located on the first floor of the Giddings Lofts building.
Campana, who is partnering with his wife Amber and Jerry Flesher on the project, said he hopes to employ about 20 people at the new restaurant.
"It's great that we're providing for a different palate and really making sure that the core stays strong, said Sarah Harris, director of business development and economic vitality for the Downtown Partnership. The new business, she said, will add a seafood dining option for restaurant-goers in the city's core.
"I think that will serve a market that's undeserved right now."
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