Puebloans eager to try Culver’s fresh-made butter burgers, chew on some genuine Wisconsin cheese curds and cool off with frozen custard don’t have long to wait now.

Pueblo’s South Side Culver’s, 2285 W. Pueblo Blvd., is set to open April 4. Owner Mark Grant II said the opening is taking a little longer than expected because of supply issues for heating and air conditioning units, but it will be worth the wait when Puebloans are treated to “the only Culver’s in Colorado with a double drive-thru.”

The Culver’s opening will not only offer a new fast food option in the city, but also plenty of new jobs.

“We have hired 95 people with a starting wage of at least $15 and hour,” Grant said. “Currently, 35 people have started training and working at our Fountain location, so we are expecting a smooth opening as long as the equipment can keep up with the demand.”

Construction remains ongoing at Pueblo's South Side Culver's, 2285 W. Pueblo Blvd. The restaurant is set to open April 4, 2022.

Construction remains ongoing at Pueblo’s South Side Culver’s, 2285 W. Pueblo Blvd. The restaurant is set to open April 4, 2022.

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Grant expects customers to camp out prior to the April 4 opening for a chance to get free food for a year. The first 100 customers in line will get 52 value basket coupons.

Culver’s also will host weekly car show or “cruise in” events from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays.

Beyond its signature butter burger, other Culver’s offerings include seafood, chicken and a Rueben featuring corned beef and sauerkraut.

“If you’ve never had a Wisconsin cheese curd — as soon as you do at Culver’s, you’ll be hooked. All of our cheese comes from Wisconsin,” Grant said.

Culver’s frozen custard is always offered in vanilla and chocolate flavors, while a third “Flavor of the Day” is made fresh daily. That includes flavors like mint chocolate chip, butter pecan, turtle dove, peanut butter cup and toffee pecan.

Pueblo’s Culver’s is the first franchise for Grant, who grew up in Racine, Wisconsin, where his father was the general manager of a Culver’s. He started working for the franchise at age 15.

“My parents (Mark and Lisbeth Grant) sold the house I grew up in and used the equity out of that sale to purchase their first store,” he said.

That store brought the family to Colorado Springs 15 years ago. A second store was added 10 years ago in Fountain, Grant said.

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Chieftain reporter Tracy Harmon covers business news. She can be reached by email at [email protected] or via Twitter at twitter.com/tracywumps.

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