"I'm bursting at the seams, I'm so excited," says Comida Cantina owner Rayme Rossello, who just inked a deal to open a second Comida in a 2,700-square-foot restaurant space inside the Source, a behemoth indoor artisan European market, conceived and undertaken by urban developer Kyle Zeppelin, that will open early next year in River North.
"It's signed, sealed and delivered, and while it feels like it's a long way off from now, it's going to be a really exciting project that I'm honored to be a part of, "says Rossello, who began talking to Zeppelin, the brainchild behind the TAXI project, and his wife, Andra, back in March. "I love that what Kyle and Andra are doing is a collaborative project, where people can find charcuterie, baked goods, a craft beer and tacos all under one roof. We're all supporting each other," she adds.
Rosello, who started (and subsequently sold) the Proto's Pizza chain ten years ago, (there's a Denver location on 15th Street), began a second career slinging tacos from a hot pink food truck in 2010. She opened the first Comida Cantina in the Prospect neighborhood in Longmont in February, and while she wasn't actively searching for a second location -- at least not in Denver -- she says the prospect of bringing her concept to River North was just too good to pass up. "It's a hip, groovy, funky and fun project, it's bigger than the space we have in Longmont, and this is an opportunity that just feels right to me, and so does the timeline," she says.
And just about everything about the Longmont restaurant will carry over to the new cantina. "There's no need to reinvent the wheel -- this is what's working -- so the bones of the new space will be the same, but we'll have a patio, and the cantina will have its own Denver flair," she says, noting that her street taco menu and focused bar program will remain the same.
"The first restaurant was a dream come true, and this is a dream coming true," says Rosello. "It's a really big deal to me, even a little overwhelming, but I can't wait be a part of the Denver restaurant community again."
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When the new cantina is unveiled -- likely in February or March of next year -- it'll be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.