In the heart of downtown Colorado Springs is an historic structure, built in 1896, that once served as a railroad storage warehouse. Over the years, the building has been repurposed and renovated several times. It has housed a general store, a plumbing company, a brewery and a restaurant that was appropriately named The Warehouse.
Chef James Africano was the executive chef at The Warehouse from 1998 to 2007 before he moved to New Mexico to work for Ted Turner’s Vermejo Park Ranch. After several years in New Mexico, Africano and his wife, Shaundy, decided to move back to Colorado Springs to purchase The Warehouse in 2015.
The Africanos removed the brewery equipment and renovated the space to include a main dining room and three event spaces. The dining room is an industrial-style space with exposed brick and relics of the past. The open kitchen and vintage-style, wrap-around bar set the tone for a high-end dining experience.
Diners also have the opportunity to admire locally sourced artwork on display, most of which is available for purchase.
“Shaundy and I want people to feel like they are enjoying a meal in our home,” Africano says. “Warm and personal is our approach.”
Food is the main event here. Chef Africano sources many of his high-quality ingredients locally and changes the menu quarterly for seasonal offerings.
“The new menu items are a collaborative effort between myself and my team of chefs. I value their ideas and input.” Africano says.
Colorado cuisine such as the elk loin strip, buffalo ribeye, and wild boar green chile stew are staples and always on the menu.
Signature cocktails include a southwest margarita and a well-balanced old fashioned. And for those who appreciate a draft beverage, there are several local beers on tap available, as well.
For hours of operation, reservations, and information on event spaces, contact information is available below.