Que Bueno Suerte opens this weekend on South Pearl Street

Directed by Dana Rodriguez and Vincente Sosa, Que Bueno Suerte’s kitchen will be turning out upscale Mexican cuisine mixed with a variety of other Latin American styles.

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Before chef Dana Rodriguez served a room full of food reporters and editors the dishes she and chef Vicente Sosa created for their new restaurant, she had a few things to say.

Mainly, “I don’t fuck around with food.”

Que Bueno Suerte, 1518 S. Pearl St., represents a second life for Westminster’s Que Bueno, which was pushed out by development. Much of the Mayan-themed artwork came from that restaurant.

But with new digs on South Pearl Street comes a new flavor. Directed by Work & Class’ Rodriguez as consulting chef and Sosa as executive chef, Que Bueno Suerte’s kitchen will be turning out upscale Mexican cuisine mixed with a variety of other Latin American styles.

Here’s a bit of what the menu has to offer:

Piña Colada Invierno

Flor de Caña, Kalani coconut, simple syrup, house nutmeg-coconut cream and pineapple.

The Piña Colada Invierno at Que Bueno Suerte, 1518 S. Pearl St. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

(Ashley Dean/Denverite)

Taco de barbacoa de borrego

Guajillo pepper-steamed lamb neck and cheek with radish-cilantro-red onion salad.

Taco de barbacoa de borrego at Que Bueno Suerte, 1518 S. Pearl St. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

(Ashley Dean/Denverite)

Tocino fresco

Mezcal-braised pork belly, white bean purée, charred onion broth, molcajete salsa and cilantro.

Tocino fresco at Que Bueno Suerte, 1518 S. Pearl St. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

(Ashley Dean/Denverite)

Pulpo a la parrilla

Grilled citrus-garlic Spanish octopus and huitlacoche butter sauce.

Pulpo a la parrilla at Que Bueno Suerte, 1518 S. Pearl St. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

(Ashley Dean/Denverite)

Ensalada de palmitos

Heart of palm, watercress, grapefruit, grilled shoshito pepper, spicy pepitas and grapefruit vinaigrette.

Ensalada de palmitos at Que Bueno Suerte, 1518 S. Pearl St. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

(Ashley Dean/Denverite)

Tamal yucateco

Achiote roasted chicken, habanero-tomato sofrito and pickled red onion.

Tamal yucateco at Que Bueno Suerte, 1518 S. Pearl St. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

(Ashley Dean/Denverite)

Faisan a la pibil

Achiote pan-roasted pheasant, epazote black bean purée, grilled cactus-jicama salad and achiote pan jus.

Faisan a la pibil at Que Bueno Suerte, 1518 S. Pearl St. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

(Ashley Dean/Denverite)

Pastel de cuatro leches

Four-milk cake, pineapple sauce and brûléed merengue.

Pastel de cuatro leches at Que Bueno Suerte, 1518 S. Pearl St. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

(Ashley Dean/Denverite)

Que Bueno Suerte opens for dinner and late-night Sunday, Dec. 11. Hours are 4 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday and 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Lunch and brunch hours will come later.

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