Charles Sole changed the name of his award-winning coffee shop from The Daily Grind to the Hanging Tree Café in 2016. Sole, who has had family in Pueblo for the past century, said the name better reflects the historic roots of the business’ neighborhood.
“The hanging tree used to be called the Old Monarch or Big Tree,” Sole said. “It stood on this block for 388 years before it was cut down. It’s Colorado’s oldest known historic landmark.”
Sole and his 13 employees have easy access to the plaque that commemorates the site of the Hanging Tree when they aren’t catering to the city’s coffee addicts.
“We’re open early to late seven days a week,” Sole said. “We serve everything from espresso to sandwiches and breakfast burritos. We also do a lot of vegan and vegetarian stuff.”
A lot of love goes into the food at The Hanging Tree, which also takes home the award for Best Pueblo Breakfast Restaurant.
Sole said much of the food is made from scratch, including soups, baked goods and the shop’s pork green chile. He said one thing that sets his business apart is its focus on sustainable business practices.
“We are totally green. We recycle everything and use recycled products,” he said. “We’re also very community based — we do musical events with local and out-of-town musicians and show a lot of artwork. We also have a community garden out back. We try to give back when we can.”
Half of the baking is done from scratch and all soups are made from scratch.
“We don’t use bag things,” Sole said. “We don’t serve people that kind of stuff.”
The restaurant prides itself not just on its great food, but also its prompt service. Online ordering is also available.
Web: thehangingtreecafe.com | Phone: 719-561-8567
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