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Trivelli's beefs up its cheese steak operation with a new, dine-in Colorado Springs location

March 14, 2014 Updated: March 16, 2014 at 6:17 am
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photo - Shelly Green helps a customer at the front counter Friday, March 14, 2014, at the new Trivelli's Hoagies location at 2819 N. Nevada Ave. in Colorado Springs. The restaurant's grand opening is Saturday.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Shelly Green helps a customer at the front counter Friday, March 14, 2014, at the new Trivelli's Hoagies location at 2819 N. Nevada Ave. in Colorado Springs. The restaurant's grand opening is Saturday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock) 

For nearly four decades, fans of Trivelli's Philadelphia-styled Cheesesteaks and Hoagies on North Nevada Avenue had two options: Pick up a sandwich at the counter and eat it somewhere other than the restaurant, or pick up a sandwich at the drive-through and eat it somewhere other than the restaurant.

But that changed a few weeks ago, when the 38-year-old restaurant opened in a new location with inside seating.

Loyal customers didn't have to go far to find the new digs. Steve Trivelli moved the business from a 240-square-foot building on North Nevada to a 2,400 square-foot building just three doors north, where diners can sit inside or out.

Trivelli said he had considered moving his business earlier, because people went from liking to eat in the car to wanting to dine inside the restaurant. The deciding factor was the loss of business during the past several months as road crews made repairs and renovations to a bridge near the old shop.

"The (temporary) roundabout was smack-dab in front of our sub shop, so it is hard to get to us," Trivelli said Friday. "That one was particularly difficult because it was not perfectly round. It was more like a detour."

Trivelli's parents, Barbara Ann and John T. Trivelli Sr., opened their Colorado Springs cheesesteak shop in July 1976 after moving from South Philly. Trivelli started working in the shop part time when he was 13, and has worked there since, except for two years while attending school in Dallas.

Trivelli's on North Nevada Avenue is the only sandwich shop in Colorado Spring still owned and operated by the family. Trivelli's brother, Tony, once owned Trivelli's Hoagies Colorado Springs on Austin Bluffs Parkway, but it's been sold several times, Steve Trivelli said. While he is now the sole owner, his mother, son, daughter and two brothers will be at the storeSaturday to celebrate the success of the family business and the grand opening of the new location. Trivelli's two sisters could not make the event, and their father died in 2005.

"We have excelled at carryout for the last 38 years," Trivelli said. "Now we are going to introduce everyone to the new digs and show them we can excel at dine in."

Trivelli was 13 when his parents moved to the Springs. He said his shop uses the same recipe for its cheese steak sandwiches that his mother used when she started 59 years ago.

"She made her first cheese steak in 1955 in a restaurant in South Philly," Trivelli said, "and we are still making it that way."

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Contact Ned Hunter: 636-0275

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