Larimer Street is hot -- but Chelo's has gone cold

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Upper Larimer Street was busy Saturday morning -- as it is almost every Saturday these days. That wasn't the case twenty years ago; even as LoDo was starting to boom, this stretch was known as NoDough, and filled with pawn shops, empty storefronts, dive bars and hole-in-the-wall eateries. But today it's one of the hottest restaurant areas in town -- which means any remaining hole-in-the-wall eateries are on the endangered list. And Chelo's, at 2012 Larimer, is now gone for good.

See also: Best Chile Relleno 2000 -- Chelo's

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For years Chelo's and Johnnie's Market next door made the 2000 block of Larimer a must-stop destination for fans of real Mexican fare. But now Chelo's has closed, and a sign on the window advises fans of its tamales to head a block away, where La Popular is still in business.

For now.


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Kenyon Anderson
Kenyon Anderson

Yep. Closed at the end of September. Miss everyone there and the chile relleno burritos were the best, smothered with red and green chili. Oh, can't forget the wonderful tamales and empanadas either. Mouth is watering now.

Priya Butani Nye
Priya Butani Nye

Not sure how those three qualifiers fit together, but seems as if the food found a new locale for its fans.

Tony Tafoya
Tony Tafoya

im glad i never went to it in the first place now i won't miss it lol

Rikki Aston
Rikki Aston

they closed like 4 months ago, you're really on top of it ;-)

Mane Rok
Mane Rok

...smh...the gentrification is now complete.

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