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The new Best Western Hotel on North Chestnut Street - part of the 13-acre Fillmore West Retail Center - has been getting some final touch-ups in preparation for a "soft opening" May 11 and anticipated ribbon-cutting in June.
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Hotel opening, Mexican-food restaurant being built at Fillmore West Retail Center

Construction is under way on the new Fuzzy's Taco Shop, as part of the Fillmore West Retail Center. The Kum & Go at Chestnut and Fillmore streets is in the background. The restaurant is also on the opposite side of Chestnut from the Best Western (see photo at top of page).
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May 9, 2018
       Progress continues in the Fillmore West Retail Center northwest of the Fillmore/I-25 interchange, with a hotel opening and a Mexican-food restaurant being built.
       Sitting on just over 2 acres, the hotel is a 100-unit Best Western on the west side of Chestnut Street. Under construction since late 2016, it is set for a “soft opening” May 11, with a ribbon-cutting “probably in early June,” according to John Gatto, developer of the 13-acre commercial center.
       He said 58 of the units will be hotel rooms. The other 42 will be “extended stay” types (kitchenettes), with 10 of those “expanded suites” suitable for families.
       The hotel is near the one-time location of the Palmer House, a 149-room hotel which was demolished in 2007 after 40 years of operation.
       The restaurant being built, Fuzzy's Taco Shop, is across Chestnut Street from the Best Western.
       The 4,500-square-foot site is also just north of the Kum & Go at Fillmore and Chestnut. The convenience store was the first business to open in Fillmore West in 2014, followed by the International House of Pancakes last year on the opposite corner of Fillmore and Chestnut.
       Mexican food and frozen margaritas are specialities at Fuzzy's, according to the company website, which also notes that the business originated in Fort Worth, Texas, in 2003.
       There are now about 100 Fuzzy's locations around the country, the website adds; Gatto said this will be the third in Colorado Springs.

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