Stella Cordova, the woman behind Chubby's.
Stella Cordova, the woman behind Chubby's.

Rest in peace, Stella Cordova

Stella Cordova celebrated her hundredth birthday on April 20. But she's the one who gave Denver the gift: Chubby's, the old drive-in at 1231 West 38th Avenue that she turned it into a neighborhood icon, as well as a purveyor of the town's hottest, meanest green chile.

Stella kept an eye on that green chile and all the other Mexican dishes she introduced at the drive-in she bought forty years ago, stopping in almost every day even as she passed the century mark.

But now that run is over: Stella Cordova passed away yesterday. Via con dios.

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