Denver Area Restaurant Chain Adds Second Colorado Springs Location | Business

Mici Handcrafted Italian opens second branch in Springs

Mici Handcrafted Italian, the family-run, laid-back Denver restaurant chain, opened its second location this week in Colorado Springs at 9275 N. Union Blvd., on the north end of the Market anchored to King Soopers in the Mall. Briargate.

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The location will test a new format.Unlike the other six restaurants in Mici, the 1,000 square foot Briargate location will not have indoor seating and will only offer take out, delivery and catering from the restaurant’s regular menu. of pasta, pizzas, salads and ice cream. The other sites are approximately 1,800 square feet.

Before the start of the COVID-10 pandemic, Mici was seeing an increase in online orders for pickup and delivery, CEO Elliot Schiffer said.

Now, as restaurants moved out of door-to-door orders and dining room closures, Mici’s food service business has fallen to around 20% of its business from 40%, although overall sales have remained strong due to deliveries, delivery and catering. said Schiffer.

Briargate’s new location in the King Soopers shopping center, surrounded by thousands of rooftops and a short drive to the unincorporated Black Forest to the north, seemed like a good outlet to try out the delivery, catering model. and restoration, he said.

“We just think that in the right place, in the right neighborhood, we could create a successful business model in a smaller space and… test the idea of ​​serving really high-end pizza and homemade pasta sauces and do it. in a way that is basically taking the Domino model, this delivery model, and doing it with a great product, ”Schiffer said.

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Mici opened its first Colorado Springs location in February northeast of Powers Boulevard and North Carefree Circle, in the First & Main Town Center shopping complex. This place has indoor seating for 46 people.

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The chain also has two branches in Denver and restaurants in Parker, Highlands Ranch and Lafayette. It also recently announced that it has entered into a franchise agreement for 30 locations in the Phoenix area.

Rich Laden, The Gazette

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