After all, Mexico City now shares the 2100 block of Larimer Street with not just Marco's Coal-Fired Pizza, but Trillium, Ignite! and Biker Jim's. And even the former dive bars on the block -- Star Bar and El Charrito -- have gotten new life as hipster hangouts.
Now Mexico City has made a few changes to reflect its increasingly upscale surroundings. Soon after Robert Muniz took over the place from relatives, he did a major housecleaning that revealed that the floor we'd always thought was brown linoleum was actually green. Then, just in time for baseball season four years ago, he did a major facelift that replaced that linoleum with tile and gave the walls a golden, chi-chi cantina look.
Now he's given the spot a new logo that graces the sign out front -- and puts the word "Restaurant" squarely between "Mexico City" and "Lounge."
But for us, this will always be one of the great places to sit and lounge in Denver over a big burrito and a bucket of beers. The kind of place that attracts blue- and white-collar types alike, and where Pete Coors once left his lunch to go fix a tapin the basement.
Here's to Mexico City...no matter what you call it.