Biz Buzz:
Restaurant construction taking shape

       With most of the framing in place, construction of the first Rudy's Country Store and Bar-B-Q in Colorado is becoming a prominent sight on Ore Mill Road off 31st Street and Highway 24.

Framers were at work this week on the new Rudy's Country Store and Bar-B-Q off 31st Street and Ore Mill Road. When it opens, possibly before summer, the restaurant will be the first in Colorado for the Texas restaurant chain.
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       The project, which started with grading of the 2.7-acre property in December, could be finished before summer if the weather cooperates, according to its superintendent, Rick Rasberry.
       Construction will primarily comprise a restaurant and convenience store, a service station and a parking lot with accesses cut in off 31st and Ore Mill. A 30-foot-tall, 150-square-foot sign will be visible to highway traffic.
       Another part of the project will include a 325-foot extension of the left turn lane from the highway onto 31st Street. Required as part of the city development approval last spring, the highway work will occur before the restaurant opens, possibly in April, Rasberry said
       The restaurant chain has about 20 locations now in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.
       Before deciding to put a store in Colorado Springs, the Rudy's ownership had heard regular requests from Texas members of the military in the Colorado Springs area, noted Timothy Pool, the project manager for the contractor, Christofferson Commercial Builders, Inc.
       Domino is a new retail store at 10 S. 25th St. in Old Colorado City.
       Co-owners Jason and LauraAnne Martin specialize in furniture, art and novelty items.
       A grand opening is scheduled March 5 from 4 to 7 p.m., featuring recycled-metal artist Deb Cassio.
       Westside residents for the past three years, the Martins had previously traveled and had a media research business, according to LauraAnne. Her husband's artistic focus is primarily on black-and-white photgraphy, while she is a singer/songwriter/guitar player who sometimes performs publicly.
       The business is open daily. For more information, call 963-8916 or go to the website:
       Sheadra Garner and her mother, Debby Pyatt, recently opened Retouch Salon at 1506 W. Colorado Ave.
       The business offers full-service hair care. Also on duty are a nail tech, tattoer, massage therapist and esthetician.
       Garner, with seven-plus years experience, and Pyatt, with six-plus, moved to Colorado Springs from Lamar three years ago. They worked in salons in this area before opening Retouch.
       The business is open Tuesday through Saturday. The phone is 634-8682.

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