Why Isn't The Restaurant Open Yet?

As of 7/11/20, we were not able to make it work with the social distancing restrictions and other protocols we had to undertake because of COVID-19, to keep our staff and customers safe.

Now in 2021, we are working on exciting new changes for the Restaurant and Rico’s that we can hardly wait to share with you! Once we have a date, we will post it on social media. So check in with us again in the coming weeks.



Our NEW temporary Pop-Up Gallery!
20+ Local Artists!
Open 7 days a week, 10am – 6pm (8pm on First Fridays)
until we are ready to fully re-open the cafe & wine bar


Poor Richard’s Books & Gifts AND Little Richard’s Toy Store
are SO excited to see you!

We appreciate the wearing of face masks
while shopping in our stores.

We Specialize in Smiles

SHOP SAFELY: in-store, curbside, online


Poor Richard’s Books & Gifts AND Little Richard’s Toy Store
are SO excited to see you!

Please be advised we require face masks to shop in our stores.


Hashtag us!! Show us your Poor Richard’s spirit on Instagram❤️

New York Style Pizza and more at Poor Richard's Restaurant

•Pizza slice or pie
•Award Winning Salads
•Soup/Stew Bar

Rico's Café & Wine Bar

•Hand Crafted Coffee Drinks
•Heavenly Tea Bar
•Beer & Wine
•Live Music 4 nights/Week
•Terrific Patio

•1000’s of New & Used Books
•Local Artisan Made Jewelry
•The Best Cards Ever
•Thoughtful Gifts

Little Richard's Toystore

•Fisher Price & Classic Toys
•The Best Games
•Intelligent Toys
•Gobs of Stuffed Animals
•Huge Puppet Selection

We have the best and most talented customers! Poor Richard’s extends its congratulations to customer David Yi (@seoulciatlite) for his debut book, Pretty Boys, which comes out today! David has shared his journey with us while the book was coming together and we are SO excited and happy for him today. Stop by and get your signed copy!⁠

#seoulcialite #fabulous #houghtonmifflinharcourt ⁠

In this inclusive, illustrated history and guide to skincare and beauty, journalist and founder of Very Good Light David Yi teaches us that self-care, wellness, and feeling beautiful transcends time, boundaries, and binaries--and that pretty boys can change the world.⁠

#HowDoYouPoorRichards #localbookstore ##downtowncoloradosprings #tejonstreet #boxedout #shopindie

Calling all book lovers! Wonderful local bookstores (like Poor Richard's!) have SO many books to choose from. All we need is YOU. Don’t worry, the dragons won’t be there. 🐲 #DragonsArentReal #BoxedOut #ShopIndie⁠

Shop Poor Richard's Books & Gifts -- in-store and now online! -- poorrichards.store⁠
Sign up for email from Poor Richard's via our link in bio.⁠

#HowDoYouPoorRichards #localbookstore ##downtowncoloradosprings #tejonstreet #aba #americanbooksellersassociation #indiebookstore

Happy Father's Day!⁠


Greeting card artwork shown is by 9th Letterpress -⁠


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We're working on exciting new changes that we can hardly wait to share with you. Until then, keep checking in with us on our website and social media for updates in the coming weeks. We'll post a reopening date as soon as we have one!⁠

#HowDoYouPoorRichards #poorrichardsdowntown #pizza #coloradosprings #downtowncoloradosprings #719 #tejonstreet #tejonstreetvibe #pizzalovers #soupandsalad #coloradospringsfoodie

Welcoming summer with fresh jewelry looks! ☀️ DC Designs earrings are handcrafted close by in Fort Collins, Colorado. These earrings are ultra-lightweight and have either antique copper or sterling silver hypoallergenic ear wires. A fun selection of patterns, colors, and shapes!⁠

Visit our website to sign up for email from Poor Richard's.⁠

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Pizza University

In Pizza University 101, you’ll learn why Poor Richard’s New York Style Pizza is so tasty.



320–324 1/2

N. Tejon St

Colorado Springs


Poor Richard's on Tejon between Platte Ave. and Boulder St.

About Us

Your hosts Richard Skorman and Patricia Seator welcome you to Poor Richard’s, where Downtown Colorado Springs residents, employees and visitors have been making themselves at home for more than 40 years. From simple beginnings as a restaurant and bookstore, Poor Richard’s has evolved to become a downtown Colorado Springs landmark—a warm and friendly family of businesses under one roof that’s the only one of its kind in the country.

In the News


Richard Skorman was just 22 years old when he opened his first business, a used paperback store on North Tejon Street. Skorman was a senior at Colorado College when he had the opportunity to buy the stock from a book store that was closing.

Two years later, he expanded the business with an inheritance, loans and some restaurant equipment donated by his father. The idea of a bookstore where you could also get a bite to eat was a novel idea at the time. Skorman wanted people to feel welcome at Poor Richard’s Feed & Read. He wanted his customers to enjoy a comfortable place where could hang out and not feel rushed.

Poor Richard’s has evolved since then, but the environment of a place where you feel at home has never changed.

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Throughout its history, Poor Richard’s has been not only a downtown landmark and innovative business, but also an organization that strives to have a positive impact on our customers and our community.

  • We proudly serve preservative-free, organic and local food whenever possible.
  • We carry many fair-trade, recycled, organic and all-natural types of merchandise.
  • We serve and carry many Colorado-made products.
  • We support local artisans and provide a venue for local musicians and artists.
  • We recognize the importance of environmental sustainability and are committed to reducing our impact on the environment.
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Poor Richard's since 1975 • 320-324 1/2 N. Tejon Street • Colorado Springs, CO 80903 • 719.578.5549

Restaurant Hours

Temporarily Closed
as of July 11, 2020

Check back for a reopening date in 2021!

Café Hours

NEW Pop-up Art Gallery
Mon-Sat 10am - 6pm
Sun 11am - 5pm
First Fridays 10am - 8pm

Cafe & Wine Bar closed starting July 11, 2020
Check back for a reopening date in 2021!

Book Store Hours

Open 7 Days
Mon-Sat 10am - 6pm
Sun 11am - 5pm

We buy used books!
Every day 'til 3pm

Toy Store Hours

Open 7 Days
Mon-Sat 10am - 5pm
Sun 11am - 5pm