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Mici Handcrafted Italian opens second store in Springs

Mici Handcrafted Italian, Denver’s family casual restaurant chain, opened its second location this week in Colorado Springs at 9275 N. Union Blvd., in the North Side, King Soopers-anchored Marketplace at the Briargate Mall.

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The place will test a new format.Unlike Mici’s other six restaurants, the 1,000-square-foot Briargate location will have no indoor seating and will only offer take-out, delivery and off-menu dining. regular pasta, pizza, salad and ice cream from the restaurant. Other pitches are approximately 1,800 square feet.

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

Now, as restaurants have emerged from stay-at-home orders and dining room closures, Mici’s food service has fallen to around 20% of its business from 40% – although overall sales have remained strong due to the transportation, delivery and catering, says Schiffer.

Briargate’s new location in the King Soopers shopping centre, surrounded by thousands of rooftops and a short drive from the unincorporated Black Forest to the north, seemed like a good outlet to try out the transport, delivery 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 a really high-end pizza product and pasta sauces house and doing it in a way that basically takes the Domino model, that delivery model, and does it with a really great product,” Schiffer said.

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Mici opened its first location in Colorado Springs 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 locations 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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