The '90s were a big decade for big burritos in Denver. Qdoba was founded here in 1995, the same year that Illegal Pete's got its start in Boulder. That was two years after Steve Ells transformed a former Dolly Madison store by the University of Denver into the first Chipotle Mexican Grill. While I ... More >>
From its modest start in an old Dolly Madison ice cream store, Steve Ell's Chipotle Mexican Grill has grown into a very big deal, with over 1,500 stores around the world. And lately it's been making some very big news: Chipotle is being attacked from the outside, as the focus of another gun fight; o ... More >>
I used to have this recurring dream where I was walking along a strip mall in my grandparent's neighborhood of Mayfair/Hale. I was always heading to La Bola, a Mexican restaurant we used to go to when I was a kid. I would walk up to the place in broad daylight, pull on its oversized wrought-iron han ... More >>
Chipotle Mexican Grill got its start in Denver, in an old Dolly Madison by the University of Denver, where Steve Ells opened his first store in 1993. Originally, the culinary grad thought that store would be the way he financed a fine-dining restaurant. Instead, Ells says, "I guess I found my callin ... More >>
Steve Ells was looking for a fast way to make money when he took $85,000 from his father and plunked it into an old Dolly Madison ice cream store near DU, where he served a hip variation on the big burritos he'd seen at taquerias in San Francisco. And the rest is history -- except that the future f ... More >>
"Denver has the most gabacho gabachos in the United States," Gustavo Arellano, author of Ask a Mexican, proclaimed yesterday, name-checking Tim Tebow (briefly), John Elway and Tom Tancredo, with whom he'd debated immigration eighteen months ago on the same Su Teatro stage.
Gustavo Arellano, author of Ask a Mexican, returned to the Su Teatro stage last night, where eighteen months ago he'd discussed immigration with Tom Tancredo. Before that debate, Tancredo and Arellano had met across the street for dinner at El Noa Noa. And no matter how he feels about Mexicans, "Tan ... More >>
ChipotleJonathan Gold calls Steve Ells the most innovative man in food"The most innovative man in the world of food at the moment is Chipotle founder Steve Ells," writes Jonathan Gold, the Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic at Westword's sister paper, LA Weekly, in a profile of the CEO that r ... More >>
In their book, One Nation Under Sex, Larry Flynt and David Eisenbach are looking for high profile sex scandals that the history books might have missed. That might sound like a book filled with hearsay and smut, but the purpose isn't so much to bring down our nation's leaders, but to humanize ... More >>
Chipotle's Steve Ells will roll out a fast casual Asian restaurant next yearWhen Steve Ells opened the very first Chipotle Mexican Grill at 1644 East Evans Avenue seventeen years ago, he didn't anticipate it growing into a massive burrito-hawking chain, one that would infiltrate every city in ... More >>
As anyone who was keeping up with the live blog of the St. Patrick's Day/Jonathan Shikes fortieth birthday celebrations at the Fainting Goat yesterday is well aware, there came a point after several hours of Bud Light, Guinness and Irish car bombs when the acquisition of McDonald's Shamrock Shakes b ... More >>
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