, the eclectic, buzzy java joint at 3213 East Colfax, is planning a big expansion, one that will double its square footage and seating capacity, which is busting at the seams, says barista Zach Griffin.
"We get a lot of business in here, which is great -- I even come here as a customer on my day off -- but it's a narrow space, and we definitely need more seating. The storefront next door will allow us to expand by double," notes Griffin, adding, that the 2,000-square-foot plot next door was the original location of Hooked on Colfax, which relocated to its current space six years ago.
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"Everyone keeps asking if we're going to tear down the walls, and, no, the walls won't come tumbling down," insists Griffin. Instead, construction will be limited to building a walkway between the two spaces. In addition, plans are under way to expand the front patio and back porch. And because of the expansion, a modification to the existing liquor license is in the works, too, and if this is your local coffee haunt, the staff at Hooked on Colfax is collecting signatures. "We have a lot of great coffee cocktails -- we even make our own Kahlua -- and we want to definitely push that."
The expansion, which Griffin says they hope to start "as soon as possible," may also include a new kitchen and breakfast menu, though he stresses that nothing is set in stone. "There are plans to build a kitchen in the architectural drawings, which would allow us to do some small breakfast items, but we're still working out the details," he says.
In the meantime, it's a good day for Kahlua and coffee.