GoG Gourmet plans move to 26th & Hwy 24
The Garden of the Gods Gourmet plans to relocate to a currently vacant building at the southwest corner of Highway 24 and 26th Street, with a possible opening later this year.
Originally started as a market about 12 years ago, the Westside business has steadily expanded its dining area over time. It will continue to move toward a “full-service restaurant” at the new location, including the use of its market's creations for menu offerings, according to Eric Allen, managing partner of the Pinery Enterprises, which bought Garden of the Gods Gourmet last year.
The new site will have twice the interior space (5,300 square feet vs. 2,700), plus more parking than at the current 2528 W. Cucharras St. location, Allen said.
“We like being on the main highway, like Rudy's [at 31st Street] and Colorado Mountain Brewery [at 21st Street],” Allen said, noting that both those relatively new restaurants have proven successful. “It's the last location left along there.”
The structure at Highway 24 and 26th Street was initially built as the Trolley Coach restaurant in the late 1980s, and a couple of its old-timey exterior light fixtures still remain. Most recently, it has housed Oriental eateries, with the last one going out of business about two years ago.
Allen said the Pinery plans to “gut the whole place,” then remodel, fix the roof and repave the parking lot.
A development plan for the project still needs to be submitted for city approval, although no variances are required, Allen said.
Pinery Enterprises owns the Pinery wedding center in Black Forest and is creating a second such locale on the Westside's Bijou Hill, expected to open this year.
The Garden of the Gods Gourmet, which also provides catering services, will continue to operate at its Cucharras location until the new site is available.
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