We spoke with BSG marketing director Sarah Arnold, who was able to share more information. She says that the decision to close the Blue Star came as a direct result of a more desirable downtown location becoming available. They haven't closed on the new location just yet, which is why they haven't announced the address. Further, the new Blue Star will require construction and remodeling, so they're setting a reopening date far enough out to account for that.
One thing Arnold can say for certain, though, is that it's not going into the former Nosh location inside the Plaza of the Rockies. That BSG project is still waiting on renovations. Additionally, this shouldn't have any effect on BSG's other restaurants: the Old School Bakery, the Principal's Office and La'au's Tacos. She does note, though, that expansions on both the Ivywild School, which hosts Old School Bakery and Principal's Office, and La'au's are being planned for 2018.
“Where the Blue Star currently is will be rented out to new businesses," she says. "We’re not 100% sure who." She adds that it may be split to host multiple businesses.
With regards to the Blue Star's staff, Arnold says they're moving as many as they can to other BSG restaurants. They're also working with other industry people as well in order to find work for those who aren't staying with the BSG.
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The Blue Star Group (BSG) has announced that as of Saturday, Oct. 7, the Blue Star will close, ending a 19-year tenure at its South Tejon Street location. According to a press release, the restaurant will reopen at an unnamed downtown location sometime in 2019.
This marks the second major BSG restaurant closing in 2017. Earlier this year, BSG's downtown Asian fusion spot, Nosh, closed suddenly. BSG owner Joseph Coleman has not returned calls for further comment. We'll update this posting if that changes.
THE BLUE STAR REIMAGINED IN A NEW LOCATION
Colorado Springs, CO, October 4, 2017 - As they say, “when one door closes, another opens” — After twenty-two years in business, The Blue Star is temporarily closing its doors to reimagine and renovate. We will close our current location on Saturday, October 7, and we will be opening again in a new location (to be announced) in downtown Colorado Springs in 2019.
The guiding principles of The Blue Star will continue to be the foundation of the reinvented restaurant: a commitment to an experience of flavors grounded in simplicity, the use of fresh, local ingredients, and creating a community around craveable experiences for every guest. We relish the opportunity to reinvigorate and craft a truly memorable experience for our beloved, longtime patrons and new guests who will be discovering this Colorado Springs gem for the first time. When the Blue Star reopens its doors, our goal will be to continue to inspire you and elevate the vibrant culinary landscape in Colorado Springs.
Join us for a celebration to bid farewell to our South Tejon location and toast to the Blue Star’s second act. We want to celebrate the many wonderful years on South Tejon with you, our loyal patrons! Help us close this chapter and open a new one — from Thursday, October 5 thru Saturday, October 7, please join us for half-off bottles of wine and chef’s specials nightly starting at 5pm.
Blue Star Group, which operates The Blue Star, La’au’s Taco Shop, and Principal’s Office and Old School Bakery inside the Ivywild School, is excited at the new opportunity ahead for The Blue Star and the opportunity to invite new, exciting experiences to the Ivywild neighborhood in our old location.
“We remain committed to the culinary scene in Colorado Springs and elevating the food, service and experiences for our city,” said Joseph Coleman, owner of Blue Star Group. “I’m excited about the mark The Blue Star has made on our community, our team members and myself, and we will continue to sharpen our skills and craft unique experiences in the rebranded Blue Star. The face of the restaurant business is evolving with a generation of diners that value experience in dining; with that in mind, we move with intention and excitement towards reimagining The Blue Star.”