Vegan Restaurant News – Vegan, paleo or whatever: New Colorado Springs eatery will suit ‘any dietary requirement’


Modmarket, a Denver-based restaurant chain that specializes in healthy and nutritious fare, will open its first Colorado Springs location this fall at the Promenade Shops at Briargate.

Modmarket will occupy 2,900 square feet in one of two new buildings being constructed at the shopping center, which is southeast of Voyager and Briargate parkways on the city’s far north side. It’s scheduled to open in November.

“It’s a really great addition to our breakfast offerings,” Deanna DeLarge, general manager of the shopping center, said Monday. “And their philosophy of healthy eating and fresh, locally sourced ingredients is an increasing trend and something people really enjoy.”

The 6-year-old Modmarket, a fast-casual chain, has nine locations in the Denver area, Boulder and Longmont, and three more in Texas, according to its website.

It emphasizes “scratch-made, affordable food” that includes salads, soups, sandwiches, pizzas and homestyle plates, Modmarket’s website says. Menu items are made “with fresh, quality ingredients that can be traced back to farms” and “satisfy virtually any dietary requirement – vegan, celiac, paleo, raw, South Beach, high carb, low carb, low GCI and many others,” the website says.

Anthony Pigliacampo, who co-founded Modmarket with Rob McColgan, said they’ve received numerous requests from local residents to come to Colorado Springs.

“We thought it was a great market with similar demographics to the rest of Colorado – happy, healthy, active people that we think really want to eat better and don’t have a lot of healthier options,” Pigliacampo said Monday. “We thought the food that Modmarket serves would be a great fit.”

The new building that will house Modmarket will have a second, approximately 3,500-square-foot restaurant. Its name has not been released, but an announcement will come in the next few months, DeLarge said. She quashed one rumor: The Cheesecake Factory isn’t coming to the Promenade Shops.

A second, 11,000-square-foot building that will house four new retailers also is under construction at the shopping center. DeLarge said she couldn’t disclose any potential retailers in that building.

The two new buildings are part of what DeLarge has called the most extensive changes to the retail center since it opened in 2003. The 225,000-square-foot Promenade Shops was built as an open-air, “lifestyle center” to house upper-end stores. Its roster includes Apple, Williams-Sonoma and Banana Republic, while restaurants include Ted’s Montana Grill, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro and California Pizza Kitchen.