Colorado Springs could welcome Indian and Asian cuisine as part of a makeover of the area's four Denny's restaurants that closed last year.
A former Denny's at 8125 N. Academy Blvd., on Colorado Springs' north side, is being eyed for an Indian restaurant, said John Winsor, a commercial broker with Olive Real Estate Group in Colorado Springs who's marketing the property. A lease hasn't yet been signed with the potential restaurant's new tenants, he said.
Another Olive broker, Steve Hunsinger, said an Asian restaurant has shown interest in the former Denny's near The Citadel mall, at 302 N. Academy Blvd. on the city's east side.
Potential tenants of a third Denny's, at 1450 Harrison Road near Interstate 25 and Lake Avenue on the south side, have signed a letter of intent for a new use at the site, Winsor said. He declined to say what's being considered for the property, although a restaurant isn't being planned.
Plans for a fourth shuttered Denny's, at 315 W. Bijou St., on downtown's west edge, are unknown. That property is for sale, and potential buyers are considering the site.
Locations are expected to undergo "fairly extensive changes," primarily to their exteriors, Winsor said.
Interest in the former Denny's locations comes a year after the closing of the restaurants. The state seized them in June 2017 after a franchisee failed to pay more than $191,000 in sales and payroll taxes, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue.
The closing of the Denny's took away a favorite local haunt for late-night eats for many people, while former employees abruptly were forced to scramble in search of replacement jobs. The Pikes Peak Workforce Center hosted a mini jobs fair shortly after the closings to help employees find new jobs.
The closing of locations in Colorado Springs came a few years after Denny's announced plans to update 70 percent of its nearly 1,300 locations, according to Business Insider.
Asked whether the brand could be revived locally, a Denny's spokeswoman said via email there are no plans to re-open in Colorado Springs.