Colorado Springs says goodbye to  longtime coffee shop

Forrest Levi Koch, general manager and cake baker, said goodbye to Montague’s Coffee and Tea shop.

Fans of Montague’s Coffee and Tea expressed sadness via Facebook at the announcement the shop was closing.

After more than 20 years in business, the owners decide to call it quits.

“Three things happened,” said Forrest Levi Koch, general manager and cake baker. “There was a big drop in business when Dave (McIntosh) and Jeff (Weller) sold the business. When they left, the staff changed and it’s been hard to find good people to replace the staff. And over the past two years, the cost of labor has made it hard to keep up.”

Koch said the furniture, equipment and fixtures will be sold piece by piece.

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McIntosh and Weller opened the shop in 1997, naming it after the business that had been in the small, brick building at 1019 S. Tejon St. for 37 years — a place called Monty's Inn.

Aside from the name, Monty's and Montague's couldn't have been more different.

Montague's was a refined tea and coffee emporium where ladies tended to chat by the fire over scones and blackberry tea while sitting in Victorian wing chairs.

Monty's catered to a slightly less cultured crowd. A 1989 Gazette article described it as "a rough, biker bar where hard-drinking, hard-brawling types go to let off some steam."

In 2017, McIntosh and Weller sold the business to Capulets, Inc.

New grounds

Sacred Grounds Café, 1801 Cheyenne Blvd., is having a grand opening 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday to celebrate a new menu and patio where a full bar has been installed.

Owner Natasha Shnaper is more than excited to show off the additional space. The return of live music begins next week at 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Details: 475-0888,

Tasty choice

Till Kitchen made the winning entry in the Toasty S’mores Tasting Contest. Its “Savory and S’more Lamb Chop” dish got a final surge of votes, and the restaurant will be celebrated at the Rocky Mountain Vibes’ home opener June 22.

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