Exclusive first look: Ay Caramba! opens in Cherry Creek

And it's all served in a two-level space that bears little resemblance to Bisque. The bones are still in place, but the downstairs is far less formal, with weathered wooden tables, exposed brick, chocolate brown "cowboy" leather banquettes, a community table, black-and-white prints depicting south-of-the-border street scenes, original Mexican skull art and a kaleidoscopic chalkboard scribbled with tequilas.

The upstairs back bar exposes a glass-tiled dome that loosely mimics a fountain, underneath which are ten tap handles; an additional fifteen beers by the bottle, plus cocktails and two wines are also featured. Gurevich hopes that the bar will become a regular happy hour hangout, and considering he's offering happy hour from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, it's bound to be a popular breeding ground for the margarita and cerveza crowd.

"What I really want is to bring some fun to Cherry Creek," says Gurevich, who will also deliver tortas on a trike to the Cherry Creek neighborhood.

Ay Caramba! is open seven days a week (the kitchen is open until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights), and breakfast tortas are served on the weekend, beginning at 9 a.m.

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Location Info

Ay Caramba! - CLOSED

2817 E. 3rd Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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@foodcrazy "Jesus? From las Tortugas? Cuz ur place looks just like it!!


Tortas in a bolillo?? No mames!! Tortas are served on aTelera! I guess we have the New Mexican Subway!!!


No way it makes it past year end. 

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@Fletcherneedsajob I would have been happy to, save for the fact that when I was shooting the space last week, the kitchen wasn't open -- nor was the restaurant. They had chips and salsa and nothing more.

Fletcherneedsajob topcommenter

You couldn't take one photo of an actual sandwich???


1. Seems a bit crazy to open a casual Mexican place next to Machete, a successful casual Mexican place.
2. Seems a bit crazy to offer only tortas on the menu in Cherry Creek North, the gluten free capital of Denver.

Otherwise, sounds good to me even though I wouldn't have chosen that location for that concept. 

ScubaSteve topcommenter


Calm down, for Jesus' sake.  It's just that a telera roll is not as hearty as bolillo. 

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I guess since Alex Gurevich has owned and/or run more restaurants than most people have owned shirts, he can take the risk.

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