4

Construction at Santiago's foils breakfast burrito plans

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

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

Denverites love their breakfast burritos, so it's always a concern when supply-side issues threaten the morning ritual of a steaming torpedo of green chile and eggs wolfed down while fighting rush-hour traffic or toted by the dozen to the office to share with co-workers. That's why construction at the Santiago's at 2505 Federal Boulevard may have commuters scrambling for alternatives.

See also: At Santiago's, even green is orange on Broncos Sunday

This location, which I visited in January on my A Federal Case project, closed when the family-owned company started an expansion project at the beginning of the month. A raised roof over the original dining area, with raw pine timbers and red tiles eliminate the last vestiges of the building's previous life as a national fast-food outlet. The extension of the dining room brings the restaurant front precariously close to Federal, which -- even before construction began -- tended to clog with drive-through customers curling into the street from the Santiago's parking lot.

A banner on the chain-link fence directs disappointed patrons to a second location at 825 South Federal and includes a web address for Santiago's locations that are further afield -- over 25 at last count. Although initially a sign predicted this spot would reopen June 21, no re-opening date is listed on the current banner -- so the other Santiago's options are at least consolation for those whose foil-wrapped fix borders on addiction.

Of course, if you're not brand-loyal, this neighborhood is the front line in the ongoing war for Denver's breakfast burrito dollars. Competition from nearby restaurants -- Jack-n-Grill, Araujo's, El Zarape and Los Agaves, to name a few -- keeps the per-burrito price at near mere pocket-change levels in the area.


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.