Cafe Society

First look: El Chingon opens on Tennyson Street (finally!)

It's been a year since Gloria Nunez and her grandson, David Lopez, closed the original El Chingon, a tiny Mexican restaurant that resided in an Arvada strip mall. And months ago, they signed a lease to open a new El Chingon in the former My Sweet Bakery space on Tennyson Street, inking a deal on the old house with a front porch that was originally slated for a July opening. "We had to go through a lot of hurdles with the city," admits Lopez, who shares the cooking with Nunez, a native of Mexico City. "Transitioning an old house into a full-service restaurant isn't easy, but we finally managed to get open today, and even before we unlocked the doors, there were people waiting for us in the freezing cold," including he says, the first customer they served at the previous location.

See also: First Friday preview at El Chingon Mexican Bistro

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Lori Midson
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