Next month, Cebiche will open at 7000 West 38th Avenue in Wheat Ridge, in the former home of Minilla's Restaurant. The massive, 5,000-plus square-foot space will have a main dining room, three bars and two patios where Peruvian food will be served, as well as a basement-level bar called The Underground where owner Sergio Iraola says Cebiche will feature local bands, Peruvian music, even salsa nights.
But wait -- isn't there also a Cebiche on West 32nd Avenue in Denver?
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In fact, there is.
Iraola once managed the restaurant at 2257 West 32nd Avenue. But he did not own the building, and parted ways with the landlord on not-so-amiable terms in 2009. After a brief closure, the restaurant reopened under a new name, then closed again. On June 6, building owner Gabriella Watts once again opened the spot as Cebiche. During the six months it was closed, it didn't just acquire a new/old name; the bar was extended, a lounge area put in, floors replaced, and a new layer of paint thrown on the walls.
While two places named Cebiche might seem confusing, at this point neither restaurateur is showing signs of backing down -- and both are threatening lawsuits.