Friday, February 01, 2008

Big City Burrito closes



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Neil said...

Big City Burrito has also closed. I feel like I'm in L.A. and that the La Brea Tar Pits are swallowing up all the mom & pop stores. This might only be the begining. Wholesale food prices are going up every week, by alot.



Neil, we feel your pain.

Let's tally the recently dead or soon-to-be-dead: Big City Burrito, Blue Vervain, Old World European, Brooklyn Italian Kitchen.

The Blue Vervain is the most significant loss from a foodie standpoint. But from a downtown business perspective, the loss of Big City is fairly significant, too. We've lost too many good downtown eateries, and here's one more empty store-front in what had been the most vibrant square in town. (I really miss the Taste of India Express!)

I know we've also seen some newcomers, downtown and elsewhere ... but it seems like the losses outweigh the gains.

21 Comments:

Anonymous Neil said...

As they close, they also open. It looks like someone is going into the old SS Subs on Kiowa and someone is in the old "The Soup Man" spot on Tejon. It looks like a sandwich chain called Jimmy Johns, but I'm not sure. I hope they survive, Downtown needs them. On a side note, it is Warren and the Gazette staff that tries to help the Mom and Pop restaurants in The Springs. It is up to you, the dining public, to get out there and share your time and eat at your local non-chain restaurant.

8:05 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Jimmy John's is coming into downtown? Huzzah! Aside from having pretty decent sandwiches, they've also go day old italian loaves that they sell for 75 cents. I was sad about Big City (I had a weekly Tuesday morning breakfast burrito appointment) but now I' a little psyched.

7:17 AM  
Blogger Warren Epstein said...

I hear great things about Jimmy John's. But it's hard to get too worked up over a chain sandwich shop. I really miss Taste of India Express. What can you get that good (and healthful) downtown that's under $6?

1:00 PM  
Anonymous JAmes said...

This town desperately needs a good sub shop; there's a big difference between a sub shop and a sandwich shop. I'm hoping Grand Slam Subs is that place.

11:11 AM  
Anonymous Neil said...

There are some great sandwich/sub shops in The Spring. They are alittle hard to find and they are mostly independents.
Warren- good food for under $6 in downtown is hard to find. The landlords downtown think they are on Powers Blvd. There are a couple of restaurants not on Tejon that are at or under $6 that are good.

8:06 PM  
Anonymous James said...

Neil, I'm interested to know where a good sub shop is in your opinion. Please don't tell me SS Subs; the bread is limp and the meat is subpar.

11:32 AM  
Blogger Warren Epstein said...

I just had a phenomenal sausage sub ... at Nana Longo's Italian Market on Briargate.

The also cooked up some glutten-free past for my wife (who's allergic.)

12:15 PM  
Blogger Warren Epstein said...

But, as far as sub shops go, I'd say Trivelli's is the best.

12:16 PM  
Anonymous foodlover said...

salsa latina is a great cheap spot for lunch, but go early because by noon it's usually standing room only

9:15 AM  
Blogger Warren Epstein said...

You know what's great at Salsa Latina? Of course, the Avocado Pork Burrito, which is essentially the same as the one at El Taco Rey, which is to say, amazing. But you should go on Friday and try to Chile Relleno Burrito. Crunchy, cheesy ... delicious.

12:40 PM  
Anonymous neil said...

James-Give The Spicy Pickle or Mollica's a try. Both are on Garden of the Gods. Like Warren said try Trivelli's. I look for sandwiches that I can't make at home. Every major supermarket bakes fresh bread,have lettuce ect. Why go and pay someone if I can make it myself. That said, go have a sandwich at Panino's on Tejon-they use the pizza dough to make sandwiches. Also look for places that use good quality meats, IMHO the best is Boars Head meats. There are only a couple stores using them. If you want to try some go to King Soopers. Let me know if you want a list of stores that use them. Let me know what you think of the suggestions.

6:52 PM  
Anonymous James said...

Neil:

I agree that the Spicy Pickle and Mollica's are good, but that's my point: they aren't sub shops. I disagree that Trivelli's is all that great; good cheesesteak but so-so on everything else.

I also agree that places that use Boar's Head are superior, but I have yet to find a sub shop that uses it. The Corner Cafe is the only place downtown that I know of that uses Boar's Head, and there's a good sandwich shop in Woodland Park that does.

6:05 PM  
Anonymous neil said...

James- We should define what a sub shop is. On one side the sub shop that only sells sandwiches on hoagie roll. (Like Friendly's off off Academy by Woodman or Salvaggio's up in Boulder) or the stores that are half sub, half sandwich shop, (Like The Spicy Pickle, A Flavor of New York Deli, off 21st street or The Corner Cafe). I don't know but I would assume that a sub shop would be harder to stay busy than a sandwich shop. A menu that offers a variety of items should attract more customers. The only restaurant that only offers one main item (burgers) is In n Out.
To change the subject, the store in Woodland Park is Joanie's. It has been fun talking to you about this. Late.

5:23 PM  
Blogger Evelyn said...

Darn, Darn, Darn

6:05 PM  
Anonymous James said...

I tried Grand Slam Subs today (2/21), and I liked what I tasted on my first visit.

1:01 PM  
Blogger Derek said...

I am a Jimmy John's franchisee for North Colorado Springs. I am happy to report that Jimmy John's is not only coming to downtown Colorado Springs, but also Garden of the Gods! The first one to open will be our first location at 1035 Garden of the Gods Rd. (At Forge Rd.) Number two will be on 10 S. Tejon,, owned by the South Franchisee. We will also have a location with a drive through at Powers & Stetson Hills.

For those of you who have never had Jimmy John's, you're in for a big treat! Fresh meat & veggies sliced every day, nothing pre-processed. We even turn our breads into day old after only four hours! Fresh has never been fresher. It gets better as I tell you we strive to produce 30 second sandwiches at $3.50, $4.50, & $5.50 then deliver them in about 10-15 minutes!

Jimmy John's on Garden of the Gods opens in about 6-7 weeks, hope to see you there!!!!

2:26 PM  
Blogger Warren Epstein said...

OK, I like the fresher than fresh idea. We'll have to check it out.

8:01 AM  
Anonymous foodlover said...

I love Jimmy John's! I used to go all the time. They have a killer avocado spread which is great on the turkey and sprout sub. I can't wait for it to open.

10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tried Grand Slam Subs ..Saturday 2/23.

Finally, someone in the Springs knows what a real sub is supposed to be.

Fresh sliced meat and cheese and the bread is baked fresh.

Good Job Grand Slam Subs...We will be regulars!!!

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am totally in love with grand slam subs. They definitely have the best subs in town. Their bread is awesome & the meat is quality. The soups are really good, too. They even have free pacman and foosball. I would highly recommend everyone check them out. Hurray for local business. I really hope they make it.

8:25 PM  
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9:14 AM  

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