Out with the old, in with the new: Two Colorado Springs restaurants to be razed, rebuilt

Two aging Fillmore Street restaurants aren’t just getting new looks; they’re getting new buildings.

A 40-year-old McDonald’s at 324 E. Fillmore, east of Nevada Avenue in central Colorado Springs, closed Thursday in preparation for the restaurant being torn down starting at the end of this month.

It will be rebuilt over the summer on the same site, and is expected to reopen in late August or the first week of September, said McDonald’s franchisee Purvi Naik.

“This store’s been here for a very long time,” she said, “and McDonald’s is moving to a more modernized look for our customers.”

At the same time, Georgia-based Waffle House plans to raze its restaurant at 755 W. Fillmore, west of Interstate 25 and a few blocks from the McDonald’s. A new Waffle House will be constructed on the site, according to plans submitted to the city’s Land Use Review Division.

 

The chain periodically evaluates its 1,840 restaurants in 25 states to consider whether they need remodeling or a complete teardown and rebuild, said spokesman Pat Warner. The Waffle House on Fillmore opened in 1974.

“We want to have the best facility there, not only for our customers, but our associates who work there,” he said.

Warner didn’t have additional details on the Waffle House’s razing and replacement, such as a timetable for the work. Plans submitted to the Land Use Review Division say the new building will be slightly larger than its existing 1,622 square feet.

Facelifts and teardowns have become common in Colorado Springs and elsewhere as fast-food restaurants compete with fast-casual and sit-down chains, and as they attempt to attract a wider audience – including millennials who want a nicer look and feel, retail and restaurant industry experts have said.

In the case of the McDonald’s on Fillmore, the new restaurant will have a stone and red brick facade, a more squared-off exterior with a flat roof and a subtle arch over the front of the building – a similar look to local McDonald’s owned by…

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