Founded in 1973 by the Mendoza family just one block from its famed hilltop Jefferson Park location – La Loma Mexican Restaurant is more than a place to eat, it's a Denver institution, which perhaps explains all of the commotion over its relocation. This February, the Tex-Mex eatery at its flagship 2527 W. 26th Avenue address since 1981, was confronted with an expiring lease and proposed 15-story housing development. But the alarming news didn't last long, as La Loma's team announced it was moving and expanding, bringing with it the same decorative ambiance and its full menu.
Officially opening the downtown location in the former Trinity Grille space Tuesday, November 1, after the Jefferson Park closure at the end of October, there was little lag time for loyal fans. Arta Tequila – whose barrel is suspended above the new bar –sponsored the reopening celebration. The painted portrait of Grandma Savina Mendoza greets guests at the entryway and exposed brick and wood beams and accents, oversized Spanish-style archways and stained glass windows remain consistent with the cozy character of the former location. The same Southwestern art decorates La Loma as before.
Striving to maintain delicious food and world-class hospitality, La Loma's menu will remain unchanged. There will soon be a new restaurant near the Denver Aquarium and within two years, a Castle Rock spot is said to join the new Tex-Mex fleet.