The Old Spaghetti Factory bills itself as a family-run restaurant chain — and many families in Colorado Springs have made the town a perfect fit for its latest expansion.
Old Spaghetti Factory, based in Portland, Ore., will open Monday at First & Main Town Center, the sprawling mall east of Powers Boulevard and South Carefree Circle on the east side of Colorado Springs. This will be The Old Spaghetti Factory’s second restaurant in Colorado, adding to a location in Westminster.
“It’s a really good market,” Kiana Dussin, social media marketing and public relations manager for The Old Spaghetti Factory, said of the Springs. “We feed a lot of families and it seemed like there were a lot of families in Colorado Springs (and) a need for an affordable restaurant where we can serve a lot of people in a short time.”
The Old Spaghetti Factory was also attracted to Colorado Springs’ growth, she said. It joins a slew of national and regional restaurant chains that have branched out to sources in recent years, such as In-N-Out Burger, Torchy’s Tacos, Whataburger, Slim Chickens and Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers.
“It also seems like a growing city, that’s another thing,” Dussin said. “It seems like a lot of people are moving there.”
The restaurant will open for dinner only, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., until Aug. 28, which is standard procedure for the chain as employees get used to their roles, Dussin said. Beginning August 29, its hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; the restaurant will operate until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Families are a common theme for The Old Spaghetti Factory.
The chain belongs to a family; Dussin is the daughter of owner Chris Dussin and a granddaughter of the late Guss and Sally Dussin, who founded the restaurant in 1969 in Portland. With the addition of Springs Restaurant, The Old Spaghetti Factory has 42 locations in 13 states, according to its website.
The restaurant specializes in three-course family meals. Appetizers – like spaghetti, lasagna and fettuccine alfredo – are served with fresh bread, soup or salad and a scoop of spumoni or vanilla ice cream for dessert.
It also hosts large family and group gatherings, and does a lot of banqueting and even catering, Dussin said.
The Old Spaghetti Factory has taken over a former Fox & Hound sports bar in First & Main that had been vacant since it closed in late 2019.
When she remodeled the space, The Old Spaghetti Factory enclosed a patio in the building. It also added a walk-in window that will allow customers to take orders over the phone and online without having to enter the restaurant, Dussin said. The showcase is a first for the chain.
Inside, The Old Spaghetti Factory has added a replica tram that will serve as a seating area in the restaurant’s dining room.
The streetcar is a feature of the chain, whose original location in Portland included a refurbished streetcar used as a seating area. Since then, the chain has included authentic cars and replicas in its dining rooms, which offer additional booths and tables.
In total, the restaurant will seat about 330 people and employ about 120, Dussin said.