PB & Jellies Downtown Colorado Springs
In 1991, Art Romero graduated from the Air Force Academy as a Second Lieutenant. After fulfilling his military obligations, Art became a successful business owner and an entrepreneur recruiting executive level financiers for the financial industry. He traveled often to NYC, and wanted to bring a taste of NY back to Colorado Springs.
A favorite haunt for a quick meal in NY was a peanut butter and jelly café, and Art decided to recreate the idea of the down-home feel of a PB&J meal in Downtown Colorado Springs. Located at 106 East Kiowa, Art recently opened PB & Jellies on the northeast corner of Kiowa and Tejon with an out-of-the-ordinary but impressive menu.
Shooting for nostalgia, PB & Jellies has a feel of old-fashioned with its wood floors, wood tables, and walls the color of warmed peanut butter. While enjoying your meal, the mood is carried through with the nostalgic music of such artists as Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel, and Simon and Garfunkel.
Art’s sister, Valerie, is not only a manager at PB & Jellies, but also makes the peanut butters fresh daily on site. There are unique flavors such as chocolate, white chocolate, regular, cinnamon raisin, and spicy thai. The jellies are made locally by a gourmet chef, and in addition to the quaint jelly bar, you may even purchase some of Buela Bees Best Jellies and Butters unique flavors (Cherry Jalapeño?) to take home.
You may have your sandwich grilled or cold. Two of the most popular items are THE ELVIS, which comes with your favorite peanut butter, nuts, bacon, bananas and honey (sorry, no mayonnaise), and THE FLUFFERNUTTER, a combination of your favorite peanut butter and marshmallow cream.
There is nothing nostalgic about their high tech ordering and innovative social media programs. They have a call-ahead program (719-465-2686), you will soon be able to order online and have it ready for pick up when you arrive, and they will be utilizing QR Codes and phone apps. You can find them on Facebook and Yelp, and their menu, directions, and FAQs can be found on their PBandJellies website.
Not in the mood for a PB&J today? Then enjoy their delicious half pound and pound deli sandwiches that include standard fare, plus the very popular Sabrett Hot Dog, directly from New Jersey. Also on the menu is a veggie sandwich, bologna and cheese, grilled cheese, and a whitefish salad.
They are open Sunday through Wednesday from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. Thursday through Saturday, they stay open until midnight for the busy Downtown Colorado Springs nightlife crowd.
Sundays are Family Day where kids are encouraged to make their own peanut butter. Art and his sister, Valerie, have done a wonderful job in creating a place that is comfortable for not only the business executive and the student, but also the night crowd and the family.
A new program that they have implemented is the Peanut Pal. In each Kid’s Meal is a “starter peanut.” Children are encouraged to take them home and dress them up in some kind of costume and return them for a FREE PB&J sandwich. The Peanut Pals will then be displayed in the Peanut Gallery.
The wide variety of Peanut Pals (such as a hula dancer, hang glider, motorcyclist, soldier, angel, wizard, and various other types) will then be available for “adoption” at a cost of $10. The entire proceeds will be donated to a local charity.
In addition to a wide variety of drinks, PB & Jellies offers Kool Aid. Not just a glass of Kool Aid, but a jug of the childhood favorite in original-style pitchers. So the next time you’re in Downtown Colorado Springs and looking for a great place to eat, think of PB & Jellies. I promise you won’t be disappointed.