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Modern Market Eatery Opens 1st Drive-Thru Restaurant


Modern Market Eatery, the Colorado-based fast-casual concept, opened its first drive-thru restaurant this month in Colorado Springs, Colo., the company said.

The Denver-based division of Modern Restaurant Concepts opened the restaurant in the Colorado Springs First & Main Town Center on Friday, Nov. 17, the Modern Market Eatery third location in Colorado Springs

The company-owned restaurant also offers delivery and dine-in options. It seats 84 customers inside and on its patio.

“Opening our first drive-thru restaurant is just one of the many ways our team is working to reimagine fast food and show guests how healthy food can be a quick, convenient option for the entire family,” said Rob McColgan, Modern Market Eatery co-founder and president, in a statement. “This will be the first of many drive-thru locations we anticipate developing over the coming years to provide an even more efficient service model to handle the increasing volume of take-out orders.”

The restaurant also features a “The Mini Market” merchandise area that the brand launched earlier this year to provide customers with such locally made products as those from Switchback Coffee Roasters, Bibamba Artisan Chocolates, and Skratch Labs snacks and sports drinks, as well as Modern Market Eatery hats, mugs. and more. The restaurant is also the brand’s third location to feature a double-sided assembly line in the kitchen that allows for quicker order preparation times.

Modern Market Eatery promotes its sourcing, avoiding artificial flavors or colorings, trans fats, hormones, antibiotics or additives and offers a broad menu of scratch-prepared grain bowls, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, and more.

To celebrate the opening, the restaurant will host a grand opening event on Friday, Dec. 1, and will donate 100% of proceeds from that day to Food to Power, a Colorado Springs-based nonprofit providing programming to cultivate a healthy, equitable food system in the community. The restaurant’s hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.

Modern Market Eatery, founded in Boulder, Colo. in 2009, has nearly 30 locations across Colorado, Texas, and Arizona, as well as Denver International Airport and the campus of Notre Dame University. Modern Market was purchased in 2018 by the Los Angeles-based private-equity firm Butterfly. Affiliates also merged with the Qdoba brand in 2022 and renamed the company as Modern Restaurant Concepts.


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