After nearly thirty years, Juanita's in Boulder goes dark

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

For the past 28 years, Juanita's has been a Pearl Street mainstay, holding on to its sliver of storefront space that led to a well-worn front dining room and back lounge, even as other establishments turned over for newer, trendier concepts on either side of it.

But on March 1, this Boulder institution -- more famous for its happy-hour margaritas sucked down with free chips and salsa than for its massive platters of burritos and tacos -- finally went dark.

That means the end of Taco Tuesdays, as well as Wednesday-night karaoke. The end of those legendary chile rellenos, packed full of cheese and deep-fried until saturated with grease. And the end of the massive crowds that thronged the place at all hours.

In their farewell note, owners Roger Berardi and Michael Kretz say they've got another restaurant in the works. We'll serve up more details as we get them.

Follow @CafeWestword on Twitter

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.