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Acai Bowl Franchise Coming to Colorado Springs Restaurant Scene Next Year | Subscriber Content

ByStephanie M. Akbar

Oct 24, 2022

Bulrush bowlsa fast-casual Colorado franchise specializing in acai and other types of healthy bowls, is making its way to Colorado Springs.

The national brand started in Boulder in 2004 and has since spread to 21 states, with five stores in Colorado and some of its new restaurants opening in Colorado Springs and Denver early next year.

“We obviously have a great brand image here,” said Andrew Pudalov, Founder and CEO. “We want to grow that and grow the business and it’s wonderful to do that at home.”

Pudalov started Rush Bowls to escape New York and his work in the derivatives business there.

“I was a professional gamer for banks. Honestly, I was good at it, but it wasn’t very satisfying,” Pudalov said. “I kind of wanted to be creative and I wanted to interact with our consumers .”

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So Pudalov launched Rush Bowls, which initially sold his “all-natural bowls” wholesale in 40 states. But when the company’s co-packer went out of business overnight in 2016, the wholesale business was called off.

Pudalov therefore turned to selling Rush Bowls franchises instead.

The first Colorado Springs Rush Bowls location is under construction at 11010 Cross Peak View near New Life Church in the fast-growing InterQuest neighborhood north of the city.

“We’re thrilled, we think the location is great,” said Randy Stauffacher, who plans to open the Colorado Springs franchise with his wife, Charity. “…We hope it will be a busy and prosperous place.”

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Randy, a database administrator at Colorado Springs Utilities, and Charity, a trauma therapist, wanted a change of pace, similar to Pudalov, and saw Rush Bowls as an opportunity to get involved in their community.

“While working on mental health issues, I was constantly working with my clients on healthy lifestyles,” Charity said. “I discovered several years ago that I had gluten allergies…so I always tried to find options that would fit into healthy, gluten-free and dairy-free lifestyles.”

The Rush Bowls menu focuses on acai bowls and offers a host of customizable topping combinations such as fruit, granola, and protein powder.

The Stauffachers expect the 1,500-square-foot store to cater to a younger crowd, especially given its proximity to Pike Peak State College’s Rampart Range campus.

The two aim to open their store by March and plan to start hiring employees a month before opening.

They also plan to add two more locations over the next two years on Woodmen Road and Interstate 25 and Dublin and Powers Boulevards.

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