Los Chingones expands to Lakewood with a Colorado Mills location

Colorado Mills just a couple weeks ago opened for the first time since it got slammed by that big May hail storm.

Colorado Mills will open a small portion of the weather-rocked mall Tuesday and continue work throughout 2018. Nov. 20, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Los Chingones on Larimer Street. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Of all the popular restaurants in Troy Guard’s ever-growing TAG Restaurant Group, Los Chingones has emerged as the powerhouse.

The trendy Mexican restaurant added locations in the Denver Tech Center and Stapleton’s Eastbridge Town Center following the success of the original restaurant at 25th and Larimer streets. Guard even shut down his little dessert spot next door, SugarMill, to give some extra space to that flagship location.

Next, in the spring of 2018, he’ll open Los Chingones’ fourth location.

And this location is a little different from the rest. It’s not in a trendy neighborhood, a business hub or a chef-driven new development. It’s in a mall — a mall that’s been closed for half a year.

Colorado Mills will open a small portion of the weather-rocked mall Tuesday and continue work throughout 2018. Nov. 20, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) colorado mills; lakewood; mall; shopping; denver; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado;
Colorado Mills. Nov. 20, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The new Los Chingones will be at Colorado Mills, which just a couple weeks ago opened for the first time since it got slammed by that big May hail storm.

The mall still needs work, and in addition to continuing repairs, it’ll be moving Los Chingones into a 5,500-square-foot space with another 1,000 square feet of patio. It’ll include two private dining rooms — one that seats 18 and one that seats 40. The restaurant will be accessible from inside the mall and from its own entrance outside.

“We’re constantly thinking about what’s next for Los Chingones as we’ve found it to occupy this void in Colorado for approachable and quality-driven Mexican cuisine,” Guard said in a press release. “Given the successes at our other locations and the way Colorado Mills keeps growing, it seemed like a no-brainer to bring it this hub of fashion, entertainment and food. We’re pretty thrilled to make our mark here.”

Ashley Dean

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