There have been so many restaurants at 26377 West 26th Avenue, the historic bungalow that once housed the original La Loma. So many, in fact, that when I stopped by the newly opened Gordo Loco last week and spoke to the building's landlord who's also a partner in this latest venture, we couldn't remember them all.
One of them was La Fabula Grill and Cantina, which opened in the space in 2000 and Kyle Wagner reviewed a few months later. Her view? The place wasn't ready for prime time. But the news now surrounding the owners of La Fabula -- which, appropriately enough, roughly translates to "talk of the town" -- may have a longer shelf life.
Ronald Ford, a graduate of the Art Institute of Colorado's culinary school, was one of the partners in La Fabula. His body was found on February 11 at his home in southwest Denver; initially, La Fabula partner Ramiro Sanchez was considered a "person of interest" in Ford's beating death. But now a second body in the house has been identified as that of Sanchez.
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Police are now looking for a homeless man who'd moved in with the two men a few months ago: a cross-dresser who goes by the name Ms. Puppy.
The building at 2367 West 26th, which was built by a soap entrepreneur, has been connected to many colorful characters, including the astonishing Chiffon, an entertainer who ran the International there, then did a stint in jail -- but the La Fabula story may be the most down-and-dirty yet.