Lucile’s favorite Creole cafe will open in downtown Erie – Boulder Daily Camera
The famous breakfast empire that is Lucile’s Creole Café is opening the doors to a new location in downtown Erie.
For Erie residents, the opening of a new downtown breakfast is timely. In March, Erie lost local breakfast favorite The Rose Café after the restaurant decided to close at 554 Briggs Street.
However, the town won’t have to go long without a breakfast-focused haunt to while away Sunday mornings.
At the end of May, lazy weekend morning revelers will once again be able to stroll to 554 Briggs to feast on Creole classics, such as shrimp and grits, French toast or Lucile’s signature homemade beignets (small cushions of fried dough topped with a cloud of powdered sugar, for those who don’t know).
Lucille’s Creole Café was established in 1980 by owner Fletcher Richards and his mother – who also bears the restaurant’s name – Lucile. Since then, the restaurant has expanded from downtown Boulder with several restaurants in the Front Range and Denver metro area.
Richards said the vacant building at 554 Briggs was the perfect place to put a Lucile.
“If you know anything about our restaurants, we like to be in buildings that have some history, not in a strip mall like other places,” Richards said. “Downtown Erie is unique and has a lot of history. Erie is also somewhat underserved in breakfast service, I would say,” Richards added.
Richards also said that this Lucile will have its own distinctive feel, compared to the other locations.
“Each restaurant location has its own genre or emotion, depending on the community it is in. There are quite a few young people in the Erie area. We feel that Lucile’s will be younger; But we don’t think it will necessarily be urban,” Richards said. “I think a lot of the people who will come will be outdoor-oriented people who may have left the big cities to live somewhere more rural.”
The Erie location will be Lucile’s third location in Boulder County, with a second location on Kimbark Street in Longmont and the original location in downtown Boulder.
This location received a $50,000 Downtown Revitalization Incentive Grant from the City of Erie to help with the cost of renovating the restaurant.
The Downtown Revitalization Incentive is awarded to businesses to support economic growth and help downtown Erie grow by providing business assistance to businesses looking to locate or expand in the city center.
Businesses interested in relocating to Erie in the future can apply for the next grant application process in September. To learn more about the Downtown Revitalization Incentive, visit the City of Erie’s website.