La Güera opens on Little Raven Street, bringing Mexican cuisine to Riverfront Park

Richard Sandoval’s latest creation is here, just around the corner from his newly reborn Zengo.

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Chips, salsa and guacamole with a Paloma and a Buena Vida at La Güera, 1610 Little Raven St., #200. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

Chips, salsa and guacamole with a Paloma and a Buena Vida at La Güera, 1610 Little Raven St., #200. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

Richard Sandoval’s latest creation is here, just around the corner from his newly reborn Zengo.

La Güera, which means “the blonde,” now occupies the cozy space that was once home to Sandoval’s tapas spot, La Biblioteca.

And they’re doing a lot with that little space. Murals designed by local artist Jared Anderson cover some walls, another is completely covered in votive candles. Blankets are draped casually over couch seats and all around the room are Mexican altars and folk art.

The menu similarly does a lot in a little space. In addition to the traditional Mexican entrees with a twist, there’s an a la carte taco menu that includes standards like carnitas, pork pastor, carne asada, mahi-mahi, chicken and veggie. It’s not flashy, but it doesn’t need to be. It’s just good.

Targeting a work lunch crowd, La Güera will be a fast-casual restaurant from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Customers can order at the bar and have a seat to wait, then a runner will deliver the food.

From 5 to 11 p.m., they’ll have full dinner service. Happy hour is from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

Pork pastor taco at La Güera, 1610 Little Raven St., #200. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

Pork pastor taco at La Güera, 1610 Little Raven St., #200. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

Carnitas taco at La Güera, 1610 Little Raven St., #200. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

Carnitas taco at La Güera, 1610 Little Raven St., #200. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

Cheese enchilada at La Güera, 1610 Little Raven St., #200. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

Cheese enchilada at La Güera, 1610 Little Raven St., #200. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)