New restaurants turning up the taste on South Tejon Street


Several new restaurants are opening on the budding south side of downtown Colorado Springs. 

Southside Johnny’s and McCabe’s Tavern are two South Tejon Street favorites that have closed down. Now a new generation of downtown eateries is continuing the revitalization of the area. 

What do you get when you combine pizza, beer, and biscuits? Three dining concepts — Atomic Cowboy, Denver Biscuit Company, and Fat Sully’s, all under one roof. 

“This was the old Southside Johnny’s building and Johnny was here for about 15 years and had a great following and great concept and we loved the building,” Atomic Provisions founder Drew Shader said.

This is their fifth restaurant, and first outside of Denver. 

Inspired by the growth along South Tejon, they thought the south side of downtown was the perfect fit. 

“We’re probably a little bit early on this side of Tejon, but as you can see with the residential tower going up behind us, all the activity, the upcoming athletic stadium that’s a few blocks away, we’re very bullish on Colorado Springs, especially South Tejon,” Bob Schmied with Atomic Cowboy said.

Just two doors down used to be McCabe’s Tavern. It’s the same owner, but a whole new vibe with Streetcar520. 

“I’ve been in the same location for over a decade, and everything has changed on this block, and it was time,” owner Ari Howard said. “It was time to change with the times.”

Just opening at the beginning of August, Howard said South Tejon is about to be a major food destination. 

“It’s been sort of grossly neglected for several years, this whole area, but with this whole revitalization, that’s all about to change, and I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of it,” Howard said. 

Atomic Cowboy, Denver Biscuit Company, and Fat Sully’s open on Tuesday.

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