Blue Star restaurant closes, plans to relocate to downtown Colorado Springs in 2019

By Rich Laden Updated: October 7, 2017 at 7:17 am • Published: October 5, 2017 0
photo - Diane Heuser dines at the Blue Star. (Gazette file photo)
Diane Heuser dines at the Blue Star. (Gazette file photo)

The Blue Star, one of Colorado Springs' signature fine-dining restaurants over the last two decades, will close its doors Saturday.

The restaurant, at 1645 S. Tejon St., will reopen in a to-be-announced downtown location - but not until 2019, according to owner Blue Star Group.

Marketing director Sarah Arnold said the restaurant's building - owned by Blue Star Group owner Joseph Coleman and Bristol Brewing Co.'s Mike Bristol - needs renovation. As a result, the restaurant is closing and a new space is being sought, she said.

A new Blue Star location downtown has been identified, but plans still are being finalized, Arnold said. An announcement on its location probably will be made by year's end, she said.

While Blue Star is closed, Coleman plans to "re-imagine" the restaurant's concept and it's unknown if it will continue as a fine-dining establishment, Arnold said.

"The new Blue Star will be focused on imaginative and great cuisine and high levels of hospitality and an experience in service that's unmatched in town," she said. "That's definitely going to be our focus. If that looks like fine dining, great. It may not necessarily. We're going to explore that in this next phase."

Blue Star opened in 1995 in Old Colorado City and moved to South Tejon Street three years later.

Blue Star Group continues to own La'au's Taco Shop near Colorado College. Blue Star Group and Bristol Brewing also own the old Ivywild School building on South Cascade Avenue, which they renovated to house a variety of commercial uses. Blue Star Group operates the Principal's Office and Old School Bakery restaurants at the school.

It's the second time in a little more than five months that Blue Star Group has closed a restaurant; on April 29, it shuttered Nosh, a fine-dining restaurant that had operated in the Plaza of the Rockies office complex downtown.

At that time, Blue Star Group said it planned to renovate Nosh's space as part of a new culinary venture with Nor'wood Development Group, the Springs' real estate giant that owns Plaza of the Rockies.

Blue Star Group and Nor'wood are continuing to explore new restaurants for the former Nosh space, but there are no plans for Blue Star to reopen there or to move into the former The Ritz location farther north on Tejon Street, Arnold said.


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