The Wahoo’s Fish Taco building in Uptown is on sale for $3,500,000

The business has been closed since 2018.
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The old Wahoo’s Fish Taco building in Uptown is on the market.
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A choice piece of land and a retro one-story building from 1957 that housed Wahoo's Fish Taco in Uptown for over a decade is on sale.

A trio of brothers, Wing Lam, Eduardo "Ed" Lee, and Renato "Mingo" Lee, formed the restaurant chain in Costa Mesa, Calif., in 1988. The menu reflected their Chinese-Brazilian heritage fused with Mexican surf-culture cuisine. Wahoo's has since grown around the world.

The company has had multiple restaurants in Colorado, including one on Blake Street, that was there for two decades before closing in 2013.

The Uptown building, owned by 1521 Blake Street, LLC, has been closed since 2018. For years, the building was available for lease, before going on the market.

The structure, at 225 East 20th Avenue, sits on .34 acres of coveted land adjacent to Upper Downtown, Five Points and Capitol Hill. The area has seen a great deal of residential and mixed-use development lately.

The building itself is 2,600 square feet. Zoning allows for a wide variety of uses.

Similar mid-century structures have been considered eligible for historic landmark status, though there are currently no applications for demolition eligibility in city records and no concept plans submitted for the site.

The realtor did not respond to requests for comment.

According to city records, no significant work has been done on the structure since 2015. The outside of the building and the old Wahoo's sign are in rough shape, and the parking lot is in disrepair.

The price? $3,500,000.

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