Spice Island Grill is the most exotic tenant to occupy this space. Serving up its spicy and authentic Jamaican cuisine, Spice Island Grill is the only one of its kind in Colorado.
From its humble beginnings, 20 years ago, owners Claudette and Glenroy Hutchinson started catering at fairs and festivals throughout the country and overseas. From New England to Cambridge, England the Grill serves up its delicious, homemade recipes to foodies throughout the US and UK.
As a 24 year veteran of the United States Air Force, Claudette always had a passion for cooking. After her retirement in April 2011, she along with husband Glenroy, and Head Chef, Clovis “Uncle” Nathan, decided to set roots in Colorado Springs and offer their fresh and exotic flavors, lauded by foodies throughout.
Reminiscent of an exclusive tropical hideaway, guests enjoy dining in the ambiance of a fun, spacious, and relaxed setting whether indoors or on the patio. As you dine, you can hear the rhythm of Reggae in the background which adds to the flavor of Caribbean atmosphere.
History of Spice Island Grill
Spice Island Grill is the latest in the long and colorful history of tenants that have occupied this building since the turn of the century.
It is believed that it was a brothel, serving itinerant gold miners and workers from the nearby railroad. While this story is not documented, a pair of tiny high buttoned shoes laying in the dust of the crawl space below, was discovered by the previous tenants.
El Tesoro, meaning “The Treasure,” was the treasure of Sierra Madre Street, and this building for more than 20 years.
Since then, the building has housed a number of craftsman and artisans, including the noted interior designer Marshall Morin, whose décor graced the Broadmoor Hotel and many of Colorado Springs’ fine homes during the 1960s and ‘70s.
In 1991 this building was converted into this cozy adobe style restaurant and is a proud addition to the building’s history. Then, El Tesoro featured local and regional fine artists known for their portrayal of the American Southwest. Artwork ranged from oil paintings, watercolors, and mixed media, to authentic Navajo weavings.
From its previous, “Treasure,” El Tesoro, to today’s occupant, dubbed “Palm among Pines,” Spice Island Grill, this building continues its proud and eclectic history.