A Family-Friendly Brunch Destination

Walk into Four Friends Kitchen on a Saturday morning, and you will find a full restaurant of children playing Etch A Sketches, parents having morning mimosas, and the smell of deliciously prepared southern-influenced cuisine. Prior to the opening of Four Friends Kitchen in Stapleton earlier this year, the neighborhood was barren of family-friendly brunch spots.

So how did Four Friends Kitchen come about and why is it so popular? It’s quite the story actually. One day, neighbors Kurt and Sarah Pletcher and Tim and Genefer Thornton wanted to enjoy a morning out for breakfast, but their options nearby were limited and not so appealing for the little ones. Ultimately, the four friends no longer wanted to live in a brunch desert and decided to take action.

First, they conducted market research and found that 80% of the 2,000 households surveyed in the area were extremely or very interested in a brunch destination. Hence, the demand for the first rooftop breakfast, brunch, and lunch spot in Stapleton was an obvious two thumbs up for the team.

Secondly, they began gathering resources and worked on preparing a carefully thought out, comprehensive business plan to make their dream brunch destination a reality. Working with the Small Business Development Center, they collaborated with business consultants that helped fully prepare them for the journey of opening a startup restaurant.

Finally, they utilized the Small Business Administration 504 loan program. In conjunction with UMB Bank and Colorado Lending Source, the Thorntons and Pletchers were able to access financing for the construction of Four Friends Kitchen giving way to the Colorado outdoors with garage doors behind the bar, beetle-kill interior detailing, and a rooftop patio. Located nearby to the heart of Stapleton, Four Friends Kitchen couldn’t get any closer to filling a need in the community from the ground up.

Words of Wisdom from the Four Friends:
Don't be afraid to reach out to peers and contacts in your local industry. Many have been in your shoes and are happy to provide knowledge, insights, and advice tat you can't find anywhere else.