It's et cetera, et cetera, et cetera for Omelets Etc.
The locally owned, popular breakfast-and-lunch restaurant, which opened in 2010 on Colorado Springs' West Side and expanded to the southeast last year, plans to add a third location on the city's fast-growing north side this summer.
Omelets Etc. has leased nearly 2,500 square feet in InterQuest Commons, one of several mixed-use developments east of Interstate 25 and InterQuest Parkway. Juan Madera, who co-owns Omelets Etc. with his wife, Robin, said they're targeting an early June opening.
Madera said business has been good for the restaurant, which operates at 1616 S. 8th St. and 2850 S. Academy Blvd. Its menu includes more than a dozen omelets; breakfast dishes such as burritos, pancakes, French toast, crepes and biscuits and gravy; and burgers and sandwiches.
The InterQuest location was appealing because the area has few breakfast and lunch restaurants, he said.
"I think it's a need, a concept like this," said Madera, who had worked as a manager for the International House of Pancakes several years ago. "There is nothing around the area right there. So I think the community and everybody needs something like this."
Omelets Etc. employs 30 to 35 people total at its two restaurants, and it will add about 15 for the third location, Madera said.
"It's exciting," he said of the latest expansion.
Commercial growth in the InterQuest area has exploded in recent years as developers and retailers follow thousands of rooftops that have been built on the north side, which also boasts neighborhoods with some of the city's highest household incomes.
InterQuest Commons is home to Fuzzy's Taco Shop, Jimmy John's, Baskin Robbins and InterQuest Liquors. Two hotels and a "gastropub" operated by the owner of Back East Bar and Grill also are planned in the development.
Other nearby projects include InterQuest Marketplace, which is home to the Great Wolf Lodge hotel and water park, a 14-screen Regal movie theater complex, The Summit entertainment center, Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen, Colorado Mountain Brewery and smaller eateries such as Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, Dickey's Barbecue Pit, Zoup! and Jersey Mike's Subs. A 264-unit apartment complex also is part of InterQuest Marketplace.
Victory Ridge, southeast of InterQuest and Voyager parkways, has the recently opened Icon Cinemas movie theater complex. In-N-Out Burger, the California chain that's expanding to Colorado, will open its first restaurant at Victory Ridge and plans to build a patty production plant and distribution center as part of the project.
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