How many chicken can a city eat? Colorado Springs is about to find out.
Birdcall, a fast-paced, casual Denver chain founded in 2016 that specializes in all-natural chicken sandwiches, will open its first Springs restaurant at 11 a.m. Monday at 6510 Tutt Blvd. The site, east of Powers and Dublin boulevards, is the former home of a Taco Bueno restaurant.
Birdcall joins a growing list of local restaurants that offer chicken as a signature menu item.
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In addition to its all-natural chicken, Birdcall emphasizes 100% natural ingredients for the rest of its items and ingredients, “even down to ketchup and soda,” said CEO Peter Newlin. âOrganic sodas. The only soda that goes through a soda line without preservatives.
The restaurant’s goal has been to make its all-natural products more accessible to diners at an affordable price, he said.
Birdcall’s menu includes a variety of chicken sandwiches supplied by Colorado Native Foods and served on buns from Aspen Baking Co., both of Denver. Chicken strips and nuggets, special sauces, salads, fries, tater tots and desserts are among the other items on the menu. Birdcall, which employs 40 to 50 people, will also serve beer, wine and cocktails.
For its Springs site, Birdcall has learned lessons from its first five years and will apply them to an enhanced “2.0” version of the chain’s three Denver sites near the University of Denver, in the Five Points neighborhood and at inside the Union Station Whole Food Market, Newlin said.
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To begin with, the old Taco Bueno building was redone with a rounded building facade and exterior murals, among other improvements.
Its interior features âworld-classâ architecture by architect Michael Hsu of Austin, TX, command kiosks, children’s play tables, a kitchen including workflow design and kitchen equipment. cutting edge will improve customer service and updated digital signage systems. for diners who eat inside or order from the restaurant’s drive-thru, Newlin said.
âEverything has been studied and changed,â he said.
Birdcall – part of the Denver-based Gastamo Group, whose restaurant brands include Park Burger and Homegrown Tap & Dough – is planning two to three more locations locally over the next few years, Newlin said.
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In Colorado Springs, Birdcall joins Arkansas-based Slim Chickens, who opened their first restaurant here this month; Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, the Louisiana chain that arrived in 2019 and now has three locations and is planning a fourth; and regulars such as Chick-fil-A, KFC and Popeye’s.
El Pollo Loco, a chain of fire-grilled chickens from California, has announced plans to expand into Colorado and aims to open five locations in Springs over the next few years.