The bustling stretch of South Broadway between West 1st and Alameda Avenues will add another taco place to its lineup when La Loteria Taqueria opens next Tuesday.
The new restaurant, the planned arrival of which was first reported by Westword, will bring the La Loteria food truck that has prowled South Broadway and its surrounding neighborhood for the past three years serving up its brand of Alcapulco street tacos into its own brick and mortar space at 42 South Broadway.
Sterling Robinson, who owns two other taco destinations in Billy’s Inn in Highland and North County in Lowry, is working with La Loteria food truck owner and founder Edgar Silvestre and Silvestre’s family to help get the restaurant up and running.
The space is no stranger to street food as it previously housed a location of Cholon Restaurant Concept’s street taco spot Borracho Tacos, which in turn replaced Cholon’s asian street food restaurant Cho 77. Cho 77 relocated to LoDo earlier this year.
Robinson told Eater that his partners in Billy’s Inn and North Country had also been partners in the ownership of the Broadway space and that relationship allowed him to give Silvestre an opportunity to open a brick and mortar in the space after Borracho Tacos closed.
Robinson said he thought of Silvestre for the space because he felt La Loteria’s street tacos are a natural fit for South Broadway’s “street feel.”
Fans of the food truck will recognize many of the tacos that are the focus of the menu. Those include the street tacos that come in standard varieties such as carne asada, chicken and shrimp, and a more eclectic selection of house tacos. The latter includes a fried avocado taco and another that pairs Mexican squash with charred onions, tomato cream sauce and queso.
However, the menu also goes beyond the tacos offered at the food truck to include a selection of “handhelds” that includes a bacon-wrapped hot dog topped with pinto beans and salsa and two burgers. There is also a selection of entrees such as enchiladas, flautas and both regular and breakfast burritos.
The new restaurant will also attempt to cater directly to the bar crowds that frequent South Broadway with walk up to-go window that will serve a truncated late night menu. Though Robinson said he and Silvestre are still working out the hours for the window, he said he is planning for it to continue serving until 3 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
La Loteria Taqueria also feature a full bar with a large tequila list that Silvestri said will also cater to the late night crowd.
“We understand the unique beast that is Broadway,” Robinson said. “We expect to be high energy late night and have a line at the window.”
The taqueria takes its name and colorful interior theme from Loteria, a Mexican game of chance that is similar to bingo but involves matching images on a board to cards drawn from a deck.
A loteria card motif decorates then space and Robinson said the restaurant is planning to host regular loteria game nights at the restaurant, though final details on those events are still to be ironed out.
- La Loteria takes over former Cho77 and Borracho space [Westword]
- laloteriadenver.com [Official Website]
- All previous Eater coverage of North Country [EDEN]
- All previous Eater coverage of Billy’s Inn [EDEN]
- All previous Eater coverage of North County [EDEN]