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Outdoorsy pub planned for east end of Red Rock Canyon shopping center

       The east end of the Red Rock Canyon shopping center will take on a new look, assuming Colorado Springs Planning staff approves the proposal for a new pub named the Trail's End Tap Room.
       The planned business will occupy three currently vacant units (3,200 square feet) and add a 264-square-foot deck/patio that will wrap around parts of the north side and east end of
The current look of the east wing of the Red Rock Canyon Shopping Center building. Plans for the upcoming Trail's End Tap Room call for combining the three end units (neighboring Papa's Murphy) and adding a deck/patio wrapping around the east end (at left) and partly in front.
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the building. In the east-end wall will be two rolling garage doors, according to business owner Kevin Weese, that can be opened or closed, depending on the weather.
       Totalling 70,700 square feet, the single-story Red Rock shopping center sits on 2.6 acres on the south side of the 3100 block of West Colorado Avenue. The 2-acre Safeway grocery-store property is just to the west.
       Weese said that bicycling, hiking and jeeping will be the Tap Room themes, with an “indoor bike works station” as one of the amenities.
       “My whole life is mountain biking,” he said, describing the business as a way to connect with those who are active in the outdoors.
       A casual atmosphere will be encouraged. People will be allowed to bring in their own food. The business will even bake take-out pizzas that customers buy from the Papa Murphy's franchise next door. But Weese pointed out that the Tap Room itself will not have a kitchen.
       The pub will offer about 40 Colorado beers on tap and “will be the first in Colorado Springs where you pour your own beer,” Weese said. Customers will procure a card when they come in. The idea comes from the First Draft bar in Denver, he explained.
       Renovating the three units for his business has required tearing out any previous partitions and walls. “We're pretty much gutting the space,” Weese said, adding that he hopes to be open for business by early August.
       The Tap Room application to the city, which can be administratively approved, is for a minor amendment to the existing shopping center development plan. As proposed, the deck will jut into a currently paved area (including four shopping-center parking spaces) which delivery vehicles use to drive from the parking lot in front of the center and around to its rear. The Project Statement accompanying the application states that the deck will not impede this driving space "as there is sufficient clearance access through the existing parking area.”
       The application also pledges that no parking spaces will be lost when the project is complete.

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(Posted 5/15/17; Business: New)

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