By: Josie Sexton
FORT COLLINS, CO, March 14, 2014: The Blue Agave Grill is set to open the first week of April in the basement of the old Fort Collins post office building, below the Museum of Art.
The nearly 6,000-square-foot space at 201 S. College Ave. is now under construction, but Blue Agave owners Richard and Brenda Lucio say that in just a few weeks, a “contemporary southwestern restaurant” will open for business. Brinkman Partners is doing the renovation work.
The Lucios have three other restaurants — Coyote’s Southwestern Grill in Greeley and Palomino Mexican Restaurant in Evans and in Loveland.
They said the new Fort Collins restaurant will resemble Coyote’s (about half of the menu was taken from the original restaurant) but with an Old Town twist.
“We definitely knew that if we came here we wanted to bring something different,” Richard Lucio said. “People are very proud of their Old Town.”
The Lucios said they had been watching Fort Collins for a long time, waiting for the right place to open their fourth restaurant.
Renovations of the sprawling basement space include front-to-back windows that start at ground-level and extend nearly 6 feet high. Outside, on the north and east sides of the building, two concrete plazas will be converted to patios.
When it opens, the restaurant will seat just under 200 people in booths and tables and across a long bar in the back.
As early as May, a College Avenue-facing patio will open with sunken bench seating and fire pits. Later, a patio with about 10 tables will open from the restaurant onto Oak Plaza, Richard Lucio said.
The Lucios stressed that Blue Agave will be primarily a restaurant, open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. weeknights and until 11 p.m. on weekends.
The couple wanted to set their newest restaurant apart with drink offerings that will include high-end tequilas, available in flights, and a variety of margaritas. Eight taps will feature mostly local beers.
In the future, they hope to hold quarterly tequila pairing dinners.