Odelay Tacos changed hands at the end of the summer, when the new owners -- Dave Cleland, John Elliott and Toby Waters -- expressed their desire to consolidate the name and image of the bar, which had previously been going under three separate monikers: 3014, Odelay and the Beetle Bar. Now they're making good on that desire: Odelay just announced on its Facebook page that as of this coming weekend, the new name will be Southside Bar and Kitchen and the menu will be expanding beyond tacos. The name represents the building's location on the south side of Colfax Avenue and City Park, as well as new menu items that will capture the flavors of some famous south sides in other American cities.
Those south-of-the-border tacos will still be there, too. In fact, the owners recently purchased the original taco cart that helped get Pinche Taqueria started in 2009.
Cleland says that plans for the taco cart have not been solidified yet, but the deal was too good for the partners to pass up.
Kevin Morrison, the founder of Pinche Taqueria, started selling tacos from a food truck and that cart six years ago; the cart made appearances at Civic Center Eats and the 16th Street Mall during those early days, before Morrison opened two brick-and-mortar locations. "It's a cool piece of equipment," says Morrison. "It's what street food is about -- out in the elements."
With space for a grill and flat top, two steam wells, a built-in ice chest and hot and cold running water, the unit is built for turning out food, even if it's not fully enclosed. And back in 2009, it was one of the crucial elements in helping Denver's food scene get through a tough recession and emerge into a new decade with a distinct identity; three years later, Morrison's vision earned him Best New Restaurant in Westword's Best of Denver 2012 for Pinche Taqueria.
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While the Odelay owners have time before the weather warms up to get the cart into prime street condition, they're already improving the bar and restaurant for indoor customers. The place now has a full cabaret license so that the owners can bring in live music and just added seven new tap handles, which Cleland says will probably be devoted to nitro beers.