Open again! 7 days a week
Mon-Fri 8a-7p
Sat 9a-7p
Sun 9a-5p

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 that we can hardly wait to share with you! Once we have a reopening date, we will post it on social media.



Open again! 7 days a week
Mon-Fri 8a-7p
Sat 9a-7p
Sun 9a-5p


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


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
•Terrific Patio
•Live Music returning soon

•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

“I can hear change humming⁠
In its loudest, proudest song.⁠
I don’t fear change coming,⁠
And so I sing along.”⁠

As a young girl leads a cast of characters on a musical journey, they learn that they have the power to make changes—big or small—in the world, in their communities, and in most importantly, in themselves. ⁠

In this stirring, much-anticipated picture book by presidential inaugural poet and activist Amanda Gorman and #1 bestselling illustrator Loren Long, anything is possible when our voices join together. ⁠

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🍄 Fungus among us - puns, mushrooms, and gnomes, oh my! ⁠

Cute fall-themed gifts & decor are just coming into season here at Poor Richard's~ 🍂⁠

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The buzz about the "Fuzz"! 🐝 Mary Roach's new book, "Fuzz: When Nature Breaks The Law" is available for preorder from Poor Richard's! ⁠

Releasing September 14th, 2021, these First Edition, first printing copies are signed and come with a patch.⁠

Quantities are limited! Give us a call or send us a message to reserve your copy today. ⁠

#HowDoYouPoorRichards #localbookstore #downtowncoloradosprings #tejonstreet #boxedout #shopindie #newrelease #preorder #author #maryroach #fuzz #indiebookstore #whennaturebreaksthelaw #signedcopy #firstedition #firstprinting #sciencewriting #wildlife

New Book Tuesday! 🤩⁠

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#HowDoYouPoorRichards #poorrichardsdowntown #localbookstore #shoplocal #downtowncoloradosprings #tejonstreet #bookstagram #newbooktuesday #booksbooksbooks #bookworm #igreads #whattoreadnext #indiebookstore #indiebookstores

Inspirations from Mister Rogers~ 💕⁠

Hey kids! Sign up for our birthday club in Little Richard's Toy Store. ⁠

#HowDoYouPoorRichards #poorrichardsdowntown #localtoystore #downtowncoloradosprings #toystore #misterrogers #mrrogers #neighbors #shopsmall #smallbusiness⁠

Planners & calendars abound! 👀 Looking ahead to 2022 with lots of new creative inspirations. ⁠

Plan ahead and pick out your faves now!⁠

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 #boxedout #shopindie #calendar #planner #dayplanner #schoolyear #newyear #2022 #wallcalendar #smallbusiness

The Art & Learning aisles of Little Richard's and Poor Richard's Books & Gifts are brimming with tons of new school & art supplies! Pick out your favorite notebooks, planners, pencils, markers, craft kits, and so much more to keep those creative juices flowing.⁠

Sign up for email from Poor Richard's via our link in bio.⁠

#HowDoYouPoorRichards #localbookstore #downtowncoloradosprings #tejonstreet #boxedout #shopindie #smallbusiness #backtoschool #artsupplies #sketchbook #artists #student #planner #sketchpad #totoro #school #notebook

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

Still working on new & exciting improvements for 2021! Please check back for a reopening date.

Café Hours

Open 7 Days
Mon-Fri 8am-7pm
Sat 9am-7pm
Sun 9am - 5pm

No live music just yet!

Book Store Hours

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

We buy used books!
Every day 'til 3pm

Toy Store Hours

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