New tenants will soon occupy three suites in the former Francisco’s building at 619 Main Ave.
An outdoor clothing store, Moose on the Loose, and two restaurants, the Lone Spur Cafe and Cerda 7 Cantina y Comida, are planning to be open for business by October.
Moose on the Loose owner Shimon Ivgi said renovations on his suite are being finished Wednesday, and the shop will be open by Thursday.
Ivgi is expanding his Jackson Hole, Wyoming, operation to offer outdoor wear and gear to tourists and recreators of Durango.
Lone Spur Cafe, which is expanding to Colorado from locations in Prescott and Peoria, Arizona, will bring cowboy-themed decor and fare to Main Avenue for breakfast and lunch, with dinner served on Fridays and Saturdays.
Owner Cory Farley is planning a mid-July opening.
Cerda 7 will be partially an ode to the former Francisco’s Restaurante y Cantina, owner Eddie Cerda said. He and his wife and business partner, Megan, will offer Mexican food and drinks, with specials on tequila and margaritas.
“We had the opportunity to work with Francis (the former Francisco’s restaurant owner), and we want to continue that,” Cerda said.
“It’s Latin food, but with a twist.”
Cerda said the restaurant is keeping much of the original interior the same and will offer dancing and karaoke on Fridays and Saturdays. He set an Oct. 1 opening.
The new occupants will adhere to city design regulations and preserve the integrity of the 50-year-old storefront, which was the subject of a vocal public uprising earlier this year when Durango officials proposed removing the building’s prominent Spanish-style veranda.
Under city rules, the stucco facade will be refinished but keep its style.