Manitou Springs restaurant wins honors around town.
915 Manitou Ave. Manitou Springs, CO 80829
They both had restaurant experience behind them in Los Angeles and New York, but their lives mostly took another path as they ventured into the entertainment industry. Michelle worked in entertainment pubic relations for the bulk of her life having been PR Director for A&M records before running her own successful firm for 25 years. Turu managed some of Los Angeles trendier eateries but then went on to travel as a singer with her band throughout the UK. The duo eventually came together to fulfill their desire of owning a restaurant together after Michelle purchased a building along Manitou Ave in Manitou Springs and Turu had returned stateside ready to settle into something different. Why a creperie? Turu fell in love with crepes in San Francisco, and then fell in love all over again when she experienced them in Paris, France. So, crepes it was!
Despite both of Turu’s management experience and Michelle’s being raised in ‘the kitchen’ of her father’s restaurant in New York, they knew they had some obstacles ahead of them in starting their business. They knew it was best to self finance the establishment as much as they could since loans weren’t plentiful for start-ups at this time. That didn’t make things easy. Starting a restaurant in a recession, during winter and in a summer intensive tourist town, they had a lot of factors working against them.
"There were a lot of nay-sayers, but it was important to keep focused and believe in our vision.