The Espadín just got a little more loca. That’s right – the highly anticipated Cantina Loca is open and ready to rock your boca with its authentic Mexico City street food, mezcal, and tequila.
Putting the loca in local, chef Dana Rodriguez hit the Denver food scene in 1998 after moving from Chihauhua, Mexico. A career fueled by passion and dedication, Rodriguez started as a dishwasher for a restaurant on Larimer Street and worked her way up to the James Beard-nominated chef the city knows and loves today.
There are layers to the triumph of Cantina Loca’s opening.
Then there comes the layer of triumph of the restaurant opening in the Covid era. In the height of the pandemic, Rodriguez went on record to detail the heartache and anguish restaurant owners and employees were experiencing.
To be hit as hard as her industry was and to rise up and refuse defeat is perhaps the most exhilarating message this opening can send.
We are confident that Cantina Loca will enhance the already sparkling reputation of Dana Rodriguez and the Denver food scene, and we cannot wait for you to experience the one, the only, the loca.
Experience Cantina Loca as a guest of Espadín LoHi and receive 10% food and beverage. Interested? View all of our luxury vacation rental hotel lofts and book your next stay!
Raetta Holdman, CBS Denver. “Who is Dana Rodriguez, The Chef who Aims to Elevate The Food at Casa Bonita?” December 6, 2021. https://denver.cbslocal.com/2021/12/06/dana-rodriguez-casa-bonita-chef-lakewood/
Alan Gionet, CBS Denver. “‘Inside, We’re Dying’: Denver Restaurant Owner Battles COVID & Mental Anguish” December 19, 2021. https://denver.cbslocal.com/2020/12/19/inside-were-dying-denver-restaurant-owners-battle-covid-mental-anguish/