Colorado has produced several successful Mexican chains -- the Rio Grande group, for example, and Santiago's, which seems to add another outlet every week. But one longtime chain is suffering from shrinking pains -- and its employees are suffering, too.
Last week, the Armadillo closed its restaurant in Littleton, and KUSA reports that workers went without pay in the end.
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The closing of the Littleton location leaves six Armadillo restaurants in Colorado.
The company owned by the Lucio family got its start in 1970; at one point, it had a dozen spots -- including one at 15th and Platte streets, in what's now one of the hottest restaurant neighborhoods in town. But that closed long ago, and while the armadillo may be a tough animal, its namesake restaurant chain is going through some tough times now.
Brandon Lucio talked to Channel 9 on behalf of his father, Louie Lucio: "My dad's going to do everything he can to get everybody paid," he said, "and, you know, if there was money to do it with, it would have been done earlier."