Something Sweet Takes Over Canino’s in Fort Collins

In early August, rumors began circulating that one of Fort Collins’ most beloved local restaurants might be closing its doors for good.

A few days later, multiple sources confirmed that the rumors were actually no rumors – Canino’s Italian restaurant will close by the end of 2022.

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Amid this heartbreaking news, locals have been quite curious — and rightly so — to find out what would replace the iconic Choice City restaurant.

Well we ultimately have an answer to this burning question.

Old Town Bakeshop to take over Canino’s Italian restaurant

On Wednesday, Sept. 28, the Coloradoan announced that a new owner would officially take over the former Italian restaurant’s historic building, located at 613 S. College Ave, just one week after Canino closed on Friday, Dec. 23.

Who takes over? According to reports, Little Bird Bakeshop, a bakery that has had a home in Old Town Fort Collins for more than a decade, will buy Canino’s with plans to move out of its downtown area in a bid to expand and grow the business. ‘company.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that has come along,” said Amy Corliss, owner of the Little Bird Bakeshop at the Coloradoan.

“It’s the right location, the right character, the right building style, it’s a good space, there’s room to grow, all of those things.”

Popularity = growth… and need space to grow

Over the past 2+ years, Little Bird’s “wings” have grown exponentially. Working from the bakery’s current location in Old Town Square, Corliss admits the shop’s rapid growth has been difficult to keep up with – ultimately due to lack of space.

“I feel like the timing is really good,” Corliss said.

“If it had happened sooner, we wouldn’t be as financially ready to make a move. If it had happened sooner, I don’t think we would have been established enough to take our clientele with us. chain.

How much longer will the Little Bird Old Town location be open?

Corliss says it plans to keep the Old Town Square store open through Valentine’s Day and move to the new location in March once renovations are complete, the Coloradoan reported.

The bakery will soon be looking for a tenant to sublet its space in Old Town Square.

The future of the historic Canino building – will it stay?

Regulars of the popular Italian restaurant will be delighted to hear that the new owners of the space plan to operate from its original working premises.

“I’m really honored that they’re thrilled that we’re the people taking over,” Corliss told the Coloradoan.

“We are honored to keep this space that (Clyde Canino) has spent his life building. It’s nice that we can continue to keep it as a gathering place. It’s special to have someone who cares. cared so much and invested in their business and to be able to draw on all of their hard work and dedication.”

While we may still be sour about Canino’s closure, this news makes that reality a little sweeter.

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