The Original Chubby's Will Move to a New Home — Just a Few Feet Away

Chubby's remains open during construction — sort of.EXPAND
Chubby's remains open during construction — sort of.
Mark Antonation

There's a sign up at Chubby's at 1231 West 38th Avenue that reads "Open During Construction" — which is more or less true. But when we dropped in earlier this morning, that construction may have been the cause of a power outage that had employees scrambling. Another sign quickly went up: "Power Outage: Temp. Closed."  So if you're heading over for a burrito, you might want to call first to see if the kitchen is back up and running.

So what's with the construction? Chubby's, which has been a Northside mainstay since 1967 and a takeout-only operation (unless you want to wolf your Den-Mex at one of the outdoor tables) over the past 48 years, is building itself a new home in the parking lot behind the original shop, according to BusinessDen.

The new building will take up 3,200 square feet, allowing for a sit-down dining room, so in another six months or so, you'll finally be able to hang out and enjoy one of the city's most iconic smothered burritos or a Mexican hamburger, a Denver invention that Taco USA author and Mexican-food historian Gustavo Arellano called "the dish that best personifies the Mexican-American experience, a monument to mestizaje."

The new space will be a significant milestone for Chubby's, which was founded by Stella Cordova and is currently run by her grandson, Danny Cordova. Over the decades, other family members have opened other Chubby's locations — some even called the Original Chubby's — but the original original will continue to live on in its new digs. Stella Cordova lived to be 100 and would have turned 107 on April 20; here's her story and the complete Chubby's saga, as published in Westword in 2007.

The new Chubby's will rise in the parking lot behind the original takeout joint.EXPAND
The new Chubby's will rise in the parking lot behind the original takeout joint.
Mark Antonation
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