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Empanadas Argentinas has vacated the 16th Street Mall

It's sometimes hard to tell which 16th Street Mall food carts have vanished for good and which are just taking an extended break, but after a craving for golden pastries stuffed with vegetables and meat -- the most authentic Argentine empanadas in the city -- gave way to a fruitless two-week search for Empanadas Argentinas on its old corner at 16th and Stout, we began to fear the worst.

And this morning, we were dealt a crushing blow: the Downtown Denver Partnership confirmed that the cart is no longer a vendor on the mall. Mario Krauss, the Argentine native who opened the cart last year, has packed up his wares and moved on.

Tragic.

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