The restaurant space at the corner of South Federal Boulevard and Cornell Avenue has been accumulating layers of paint in recent years. Not too long ago, it was decked out in the bright-red flames and graffiti art of Bubba Chinos. Next came the royal blue and white of Boost Burger, a short-lived venture from the sons of Jack-n-Grill owner Jack Martinez. A building full of students at Colorado Heights University across the street wasn't enough to give the burger joint a boost, and it closed last fall.
Now there's a new coat of paint and a banner announcing that Birrieria el Viejon will soon open it doors here. Birrieria is a mouthful for those who don't speak Spanish, but it simply means a place that serves birria — a rich, dark stew made with goat or lamb. The sign also promises "chivos y cheves," or goat and beer.
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Another promising sign? Along with a new coat of paint, the new owners have taken the time to stucco the exterior walls, build a decorative retaining wall, add landscaping, refinish the parking lot, and spruce up the interior. For a quick view of what to expect inside, check out the video on El Viejon's Facebook page.