Lechuga's Has Been Sold, Owners Retiring

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Lechuga's, one of the last old-school red-sauce joints lingering in the once Italian-heavy Lower Highland neighborhood (LoHi to hipsters, but simply the northside to longtime residents) has been sold and is throwing a retirement celebration for owners Chuck Lechuga and Rachael Vigil tomorrow. The Lechuga's building -- with its parking lots -- was advertised for sale at $3 million a year and a half ago, but at least one sale fell through. Now, however, it's apparently a done deal.

See also: Photos of the Last Supper at Pagliacci's

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Lechuga's Little Devils.
The building has housed restaurants since the 1960s, but Lechuga and Vigil bought the place in 1989. They've been serving their famous canoli and Little Devils -- baked dough surrounding either meatballs or sausage -- ever since, but rumors of a potential sale have been circulating for years, and they started moving faster as LoHi took off. According to a Lechuga's employee, the restaurant won't shut down when the new owners take over -- but we don't know yet on whether those canoli, unique in Denver, will remain on the menu.

The surrounding area has been losing historic restaurants for the past couple of years: Pagliacci's, Carbone's and Longo's Subway Tavern are all gone, while Gaetano's was purchased and renovated -- losing its divey, underworld charm -- by the Breckenridge-Wynkoop group, which then sold it to Ron Robinson in 2013. While an onslaught of hip new restaurants has breathed new life into Lower HIghland, its restaurant history is slowly disappearing.

Anthony Alcarez announced the retirement party on the Beautiful and Historic North Denver Facebook page:

The day has come, Rachel & Chuck are both retiring and have sold Lechuga's. Join us Thursday evening, August 28, as so many of us will be there to say goodbye and share countless memories. LATIN SOL has offered our gift of music for this priceless evening and will perform from 7-9PM.
Lechuga's opened their doors for countless musicians (bands) over the years and many memories were made during that time. Most of the crowd has been the same for all those years. Many old-faces and a few new ones. With so many loyal and steady customers who frequent Lechuga's, we wouldn't be surprised if the place was jam packed by 3:00pm.

Please share this information with all your friends who have had great memories at one of Denver's staple locations in the Highlands "Northside" neighborhood. LECHUGA'S.
Thank you Rachel & Chuck for all you have done for so many people over the years. God Bless you both.

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Beautiful and Historic North Denver Facebook page





Location Info

Lechuga's Italian Restaurant & Lounge

3609 Tejon St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant


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14 comments
PeePants
PeePants

That place is disgusting.

mnieto420
mnieto420

Don't think I could live without Little Devils. 

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

Did Rachael Vigil sell the house north of the restaurant also?

foad
foad

great to hear the new owners are keeping the staff, restaurant, and menu!  brb goin for some diablitos

Keyinwithme
Keyinwithme

Keep Calm LECHUGAS Restaurant Is Carrying On!!! Same menu, staff, cooks. New owners from North Denver. Better than condos!

Keyinwithme
Keyinwithme

Keep Calm LECHUGAS Is Carrying On!!! New (North Denver owners) are keeping all same menu, staff, cooks! Thank goodness, it's better than condos!

joey murdah
joey murdah

At least Patsy's is still around. For now.

Denver Dave
Denver Dave topcommenter

I'm missing the Little Devils already. Been going there for almost 40 years. Hopefully the new owners won't change much but I'm betting on the Joni Mitchell song - "Pave paradise, put in up a parking lot" approach given the rest of the neighborhood.

RustyShackleford
RustyShackleford

Almost certain to be replaced by Yet Another Establishment With An Ampersand.

barslinger
barslinger

A little history of the former restaurant, Carbone's, in this building would have been a good addition to the article.  Not related to the Carbone's on 38th.

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@davebarnes This is restaurant info, not real estate listings. If you're curious, you should just ask her. The party's tonight.

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@barslinger You'll find that in the linked story in the first paragraph.

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