The Atlas Restaurant Group is busy adding a handful of new restaurants to its already beloved collection in Colorado Springs that includes Piglatin Cocina, COATI, Ola Juice Bar, Ephemera, Aite, Anju and Haole Hawaiian Grindz. Coming this fall is a new Latin-inspired coffee shop, Cafecito, says Aaron Ewton, Colorado Springs restaurateur and founder of the Atlas Group.
The cafe will be next door to PigLatin in Briargate as a morning sister concept that honors the family roots of Ewton and Chef Andres Velez, PigLatin founder. Ewton is Guatemalan American, and Velez is Colombian American.
“It will be like PigLatin’s friendlier, brighter a.m. concept,” Ewton says. “We will pay homage to our heritage and bring back some of the things that our family made for us growing up beyond what’s in traditional coffee shops today.”
Cafecito will serve lattes, flat whites, cappuccinos and other drinks that appeal to the larger audience, but the menu will also “lean into the heritage of coffee coming from Latin American countries and how it’s traditionally drank in those areas,” Ewton says. On the food menu, Cafecito will offer breakfast empanadas, traditional Latin breads and pastries —pan and pan dulce — and desserts, such as tres leches and flan.
Ewton says he hopes to open Cafecito in fall 2023 as early as October.
Cottonwood Square, Dublin Boulevard and Union Boulevard, next door to PigLatin Cocina.
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