Colorado’s Mission-style burrito maker Illegal Pete’s has announced the opening of its 10th store, located in North Denver. Illegal Pete’s Northside will open December 28 at 38th Avenue and Shoshone Street. Its name pays homage to the history of the North Denver community, before modern neighborhood names like Sunnyside and Highlands were applied to it.
This new Northside location replaces Frank Bonanno’s Lou’s Food Bar, which closed in February. Fans of Lou’s will find the hot chicken once again, though, at Bonanno’s forthcoming Milk Market food hall located at the Dairy Block.
Back in the Highlands, Illegal Pete’s is undergoing minimal renovation on the restaurant space. A patio will be expanded to include an indoor-outdoor bar and room for 60 diners. Pete’s signature “burrito bombs,” as well as bowls and tacos will be on the menu, and a full bar will serve 21 beers on tap, house cocktails, and margaritas.
Twenty-two-year-old Illegal Pete’s got its start on The Hill in Boulder. Since then, nine more locations have opened in Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, and Tucson. In addition to big burritos, the company is known for its charitable work and music label.