2nd Amanda’s Fonda to open on east side

       Amanda's Fonda, a popular Westside dining spot for 15 years, will soon be available to eastsiders as well.
       A second restaurant by that name will open on North Academy Boulevard this month, according to Mark Austin, vice-president with the partly overlapping investor groups that own both the Amanda's and the 19 Wendy's eateries in Colorado Springs.
       In the meantime, Austin is monitoring the study leading up to the $12 million Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA) improvement project that's tentatively planned to start in 2015 on the portion of Colorado/ Manitou Avenue that includes the Amanda's at 3625 W. Colorado Ave. The owners are concerned about parking and access, Austin said.
       The good news is that the plan leaders (consultants and local government staffers) “seem open to listen and work with the people there,” he said. “We're told we're an important part of the corridor. We certainly want to be there. We love it. Otherwise, we wouldn't want to own it.”
       The Academy Boulevard Amanda's will have 6,500 square feet, including a 1,500-square-foot outdoor patio.
       The Westside Amanda's has just under 4,000 squarter feet, with seating for 182, including 100 outside, Austin said.
       Both groups are headed by Rick Holland. His Amanda's Fonda investment group bought the restaurant about a year and a half ago, implementing upgrades since then to the kitchen and an expansion to the patio. A dining room expansion is also under consideration, but “we're waiting to see what happens with the road project,” Austin said.
       The business was named for Amanda Lopez Burr. She actually started two restaurants by that name (the original was on Uintah Avenue in 1997, a year before the avenue locale started), using family recipes she grew up with. Burr died in 2005 at age 49.
       Believing in those recipes, Austin said the investors are strongly considering building other Amanda's Fonda restaurants in town in the future and possibly even in Denver.

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