COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (The Gazette) - It’s the kind of sandwich shop that fictional stoner Jeff Spicoli and real-life pot enthusiasts Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg might love.
Cheba Hut, a Fort Collins-based chain whose marijuana and counterculture theme includes its name, logo and “toasted” sandwiches, is entering the Colorado Springs market with a restaurant on the city’s northwest side.
The chain, a mix of corporate and franchised locations, will operate a restaurant in a retail center being developed northwest of Interstate 25 and Fillmore Street, near the new Best Western Plus Executive Residency Fillmore Inn. Cheba Hut is targeting a June 1 opening.
The marijuana theme is meant to set the chain apart, said founder Scott Jennings, who launched Cheba Hut during his college days in 1998 in Tempe, Ariz. But the restaurant also offers good food — none of which is prepared using marijuana, of course — and hires employees who enjoy engaging with customers, he said.
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