has been a Denver institution since the Torres family opened its first Mexican restaurant at 439 East 19th Avenue in 1976. But the place closed sooner than expected in September 2015
, ahead of a scheduled remodel. Despite a note posted on the Las D website that said the remodeled restaurant would be ready by spring 2016, things didn't look promising for the return of the popular neighborhood green-chile joint, as the space stood dark and idle while all around it the construction of new condos, apartments and retail buildings continued at a feverish pace.
Those needing a fix of their favorite burritos, rellenos and smothered pork chops still had four other Las Delicias outposts throughout the metro area, added over the decades in Westminster
. But redevelopment of the original property into something other than a restaurant seemed like a real possibility — until just recently, when construction resumed and exterior details became visible. Among them: a new sign and glossy cedar siding at the entrance, a fenced-off sidewalk patio area, and a new rooftop bar and patio that will afford guests a great view of the neighborhood.
While the owners have not yet given a date for the reopening of Las Delicias #1, construction appears to be nearly complete. With luck, we could be enjoying a margarita on the rooftop just as sunny spring weather returns, almost a year later than the project was originally promised.