Colorado Springs gluten-free eatery moving to larger space

By Teresa Farney Updated: March 1, 2017 at 4:41 pm • Published: March 1, 2017 0
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Michelle Marx and Turu Sukhotin (mother and daughter respectively), owners of Coquette's Bistro and Bakery, 321 N. Tejon St., are on the move. They will move to a new location, 616 S. Tejon St., around mid-April. In preparation for the move, they will close the North Tejon Street location Monday. However, their bakery at 323 N. Tejon St. will remain open at that location through April.

Coquette's Bistro and Bakery in Manitou Springs. Gazette file photo
Coquette's Bistro and Bakery in Manitou Springs. Gazette file photo 

The new place will have a larger kitchen to meet the demands of their increasingly busy cafe, bakery and retail space. The outside will have an extensive patio on two sides of the building. With the new location comes a new (shorter) name: Coquette's.

Coquette's story began in 2009 in a small, 1,700-square-foot restaurant in Manitou Springs. The duo quickly became popular for their gluten-free baked goods. They started expanding gluten-free options to include savory dishes. Eventually the entire menu became 100 percent gluten-free. In 2013 they moved the restaurant downtown to 321 N. Tejon St., where they were able to offer a full-service bar, expand the ready-to-go bakery case and have a larger dining area and small patio. At that time they changed the name to Coquette's Bistro and Bakery to better reflect their more diverse offerings. Visit

Tea and opera

Opera Theatre of the Rockies will have the G&S&T (Gilbert and Sullivan and Tea) at The Pinery at the Hill, 775 W. Bijou St., at 3 p.m.April 9. Opera performers will sing selections from Savoyard operetta hits during the British-style tea.

Cost is $50 per person. To make reservations, call 646-3127 or visit

Gone fishing

Carlos' Bistro, 1025 S. 21st St., will be closed for the month of March for some rest and relaxation. Make reservations for dinner starting April 1. Don't forget the early bird dinner special at 5 p.m. to enjoy reduced prices for smaller portions of award- winning dishes. Most of the entrees are 50 percent off.

Early bird dinner policy: They can accommodate parties of no more than four people, but entire party must arrive together by 5 p.m. and order before 5:30 p.m. Prices go up at 5:30 p.m. Splitting entrees and to-go orders is not available with early bird dinners. Excludes Christmas parties and all holidays, including New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Christmas Eve. There are no early bird dinners during December.

Shrimp special

For a limited time, Del Taco Restaurants are bringing back the popular crispy shrimp with the introduction of new Jumbo Shrimp. They are not kidding when they say in a press release, "Shrimp in every bite." We checked out the new jumbo shrimp taco ($4.50 for two), jumbo shrimp burrito ($4.99) and the epic surf and turf burrito ($6.49). All were filled with nice, big shrimp perfectly cooked. Visit

'KVOR Table Talk'

Guests on the "KVOR Table Talk" radio show at 1 p.m. Saturday:

- Debbie Shackleford, board president of Safe Passage Children's Advocacy Center, 423 S. Cascade Ave., is joined by Teresa Hickman, owner of Paisley Pantry, to talk about "A Night in Old Havana," a benefit dinner at The Antlers hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave., on March 18. Bakeries, such as Hickman's, donate cakes for a live auction. Cost is $95 per person. Details: 636-2460,

- Samantha Wood, owner of Rocky Mountain Food Tours, talks about the weekly Delicious Downtown tours where groups of 14 people visit five venues within walking distance. Cost is $55 per person. For $15 add three alcoholic beverages. The April 9 tour will benefit Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. Details: 1-800-656-0713,


Send tips about restaurant openings, closings and specials to, 636-0271, Twitter: @tffoodie or Facebook Teresa Farney

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