First Look

First Look: The DTC Outpost of Maria Empanada Is Now Open

It's hard to believe that in just three years, Lorena Cantarovici's Argentinian bakery and cafe, Maria Empanada, has gone from a tiny shack on West Mississippi Avenue to where it is today, with a big, sunny Buenos Aires-style cafe on South Broadway, an appearance on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, and now, a new location in the Denver Tech Center, which opened this morning at 8000 East Belleview Avenue.

The new location will be open initially from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Cantarovici says the menu of empanadas, tartas and Spanish tortillas will be nearly identical to the original. "We will have a special empanada flavor for Belleview and a special flavor for Broadway," she notes.

The new location will not have full espresso service, but coffee, yerba matte and "really, really good orange juice" will be part of the beverage program, along with pinguinos (penguin-shaped wine pitchers), Quilmes beer and single-serving bottles of Spanish moscato.

The new place captures the charm of the Broadway Maria Empanada, making it a great new choice for breakfast and lunch or for group orders for business lunches in the many nearby offices. It also adds a new stop for after-work drinks and snacks for the DTC set.

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