First things first: The Original Chubby's outpost that just opened in Westminster is not officially related to the original Chubby's, the iconic Mexican joint that grew out of the Chubby Burger Drive Inn on West 38th Avenue, which Stella Cordova bought in 1967 and where she kept working four four de ... More >>
In A Federal Case, I'll be eating my way up Federal Boulevard -- south to north -- within Denver city limits. I'll be skipping the national chains and per-scoop Chinese joints, but otherwise I'll report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on t ... More >>
The new sign outside 4500 Washington Street caused more than a few drivers to slam on the brakes -- not just because they suddenly realized they needed some fiery Bubba Chinos green chile, but they wondered what had happened to the longtime tenants of the building, Muneca's Mexican Restaurant and Do ... More >>
Although in mid-March Bubba Chinos promised to return to its home on Court Place after "remodeling," the only new decoration the place has is an eviction notice from Dikeau Reality, which owns the building. See also: - Bubba Chinos downtown has closed for "remodeling" - Reader: Bubba Chinos is on a ... More >>
The Bubba Chinos that opened last summer in a space near City Hall that has been many, many restaurants over the years has closed, too -- for "renovations," according to a sign on the door that says the place will reopen in ten days. But if it does, it doesn't sound like it will get a warm welcom ... More >>
The Bubba Chinos that opened downtown last year is currently closed, reportedly for "remodeling." Leonard Cordova, a grandson of Stella Cordova, founder of the original Chubby's , started the homegrown Bubba Chinos chain; this location at 1361 Court Place was a franchise. See also: - Bubba Chinos e ... More >>
It's prime green chile season, which means things are smokin' at Chubby's-like outlets all over town. But which Chubby's has founder Stella Cordova's original recipe? Back in 1967, Stella noticed a "Cook Wanted" sign at the Chubby Burger Drive Inn at 1231 West 38th Avenue. At the age of 59, she go ... More >>
Green chile, meet cheeseburger. Downtown Denver, meet Bubba Chinos. The latest location in the chain started by Leonard Cordova, grandson of the late Stella Cordova of the original Chubby's, will open tomorrow at 1361 Court Place, just steps from City Hall. And first-day customers will receive free ... 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 >>
Bubba Chinos, the burrito chain started by Leonard Cordova, grandson of Stella Cordova, the late and legendary Chubby's founder, will open a new franchise location at 1361 Court Place next month. "We're excited to cater to the downtown crowd. There aren't many lunch options over here," says franchi ... More >>
Outposts of Bubbachinos -- the burrito-and-green-chile chain owned by Leonard Cordova, a grandson of the original Chubby's owner, Stella Cordova -- have expanded so quickly in this town over the last few years, we can barely keep up.
Leonard Cordova's Bubbachinos empire has been on an expansion tear this year, with locations opening in Boulder, on East Colfax and at 88th and York (though Cordova says that Bubbachinos franchise is no longer associated with his company). Yesterday, he added another one: the thirteenth Bubb ... More >>
Laura ShunkPlans have been in the works for a Bubba Chinos to move into the old Fanny's flower store on East Colfax since late last year, when Leonard Cordova's expanding empire picked up the lease on the location. After a paint job and patio renovation, the place finally opened this month.
It's full speed ahead for Leonard Cordova and Bubba Chinos. The restaurateur has four or five more locations in the pipeline for spring, and two new stores just opened today. One is at 88th and York in Thornton. The other is in the University Hill food court in Boulder, a subterranean space ... More >>
Mark MangerThis week, I reviewed the original Bubba Chinos location at 160 Federal Boulevard, where Leonard Cordova serves up a version of the green chile that his grandmother, Stella Cordova, made legendary at Chubby's. He's used that sauce to turn his own restaurant concept into an expandin ... More >>
Mark MangerOver four decades ago, Stella Cordova took over the Chubby Burger Drive-In from its owner, and she soon turned Chubby's into a Colorado icon, renowned for serving the gravy-like green chile she'd learned to make while growing up in Pueblo. Stella passed away in 2009 at the age o ... More >>
Leonard Cordova, the grandson of the late and legendary Chubby's founder Stella Cordova, plans to open his ninth Bubba Chino's restaurant this spring at the corner of East Colfax and Franklin Street in the former Fanny's Corner flower shop. The Mexican burrito place will bring the quickly gr ... More >>
This former Bubba Chinos at 28th and Fairfax could become a dispensary.Would-be medical marijuana dispensary owners are snapping up empty restaurant spaces around town. The former Buca di Beppo at 1400 Market Street is turning into Farmacy, and the space at 5151 East 28th Avenue that formerly ... More >>
Letters from the week of 12/6/2007
Family matriarch Stella Cordova spills the beans on the Chubby's restaurant empire.