From the moment Pupusas Sabor Hispano opened five years ago in a dilapidated roadside shack in north Boulder, the People's Republic clamored, tripping over themselves in the 30-seat space to grub on griddled disks of masa stuffed with fiddlehead fens, chicharrón, beans, rajas and zucchini and molten cheese.
Earlier this year, owner Nancy Reed, at the request of her customers who begged for a bigger space, not to mention a liquor license, made the decision to shutter the original Pupusas and relocate to a larger, more contemporary plot of square footage across the street at 4500 Broadway.
Reed and her crew unmasked the new restaurant late last week.
"With the holiday weekend, we were a little slow, but it's definitely picking up, and all the regulars are coming back," says Alfredo Sosa, a server who's been with Pupusas since its inception in 2005. "They tell us that it's much more comfortable here and that they really like what Nancy has done with the restaurant."
Adding 60 additional seats, for example, and a board that now includes a full onslaught of beers and margaritas. "It took us a little longer than expected to get our liquor license, so we had to open later than we'd originally planned for, but the place looks great and people are really happy that we're finally able to serve alcohol," says Sosa, pulling out a bottle of tequila and passing out shots. "Salute!" he shouts.
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Pupusas is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m on Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. For more info, call 303-444-1729.