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Rosita’s, a long-time favorite in survival mode
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By Joseph Rios

Rosita’s Mexican Restaurant has survived more than five decades. It originally opened on West Colfax before moving to its current location at 8050 N. Federal Blvd.

And even though it has been in business since 1963, it is safe to say that it hasn’t ever dealt with the situation other businesses throughout Colorado find themselves in.

Rosita’s is still finding a way to survive through the challenge that is the coronavirus. It is currently owned by founder Paul Ortega’s granddaughter Pauline and her husband Chris.

Its website reads that its “house specialty” is named the Pablito, named after Paul Ortega. The house specialty features a stuffed sopapilla that contains refried beans, chicken, beef or shredded beef, lettuce, cheese and tomatoes, smothered in green Chile.Rosita’s specializes in New Mexican food and has offered authentic recipes since 1963. It offers meals from breakfast time to dinner.

Currently, the restaurant is forced to deal with restrictions placed on by the state in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Under Colorado’s safer-at-home order, restaurants where residents go to for dine-in service can be open if they are at 50 percent capacity or have no more than 50 people inside. Tables must be spread at least six feet apart and all restaurant employees are required to wear face coverings that shield the nose and mouth to stop the spread of the virus.

Restaurants are required to disinfect and deep-clean all shared surfaces between seating. Party size is limited to eight people or fewer, and the state is encouraging customers to make reservations if possible.

Rosita’s restaurant has given back to the community throughout its existence. For example, it has participated in Meals on Wheels, which focuses on caring for senior citizens to extend their independence and their health as they grow older. It has also worked with local schools and Rocky’s Auto Operation Free Board.

The establishment is a family restaurant and says it has seen its customer’s kids grow and have employed those kids.

Rosita’s is currently available for in-person dining, take out and can be found on delivery apps like DoorDash and GrubHub. The restaurant’s hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 303-430-9155 or email

For more information on catering options, contact
303-408-6595 or email





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