A new Mexican restaurant opened in Georgetown, and the chefs are sure the authentic menu will blow you away.
Chifu’s Cantina opened its doors for the first time on Jan. 7 and saw a great crowd on opening day, according to Steve Skalski.
Skalski is the owner of Guanella Pass Brewery next door, and Chifu’s Cantina is his newest business venture. Skalski wants to take a backseat in this venture though, focusing the restaurant on “Chifu” himself.
Roberto Lopez or “Chifu,” was well-known in Boulder for his authentic Mexican cuisine. When one of the brewmasters from Guanella saw him in Georgetown after he left Colorado to run a food truck on the coast, they knew they needed to lock him down.
“We did it kind of on a whim because of Taylor’s (brewer’s) relationship with Chifu,” Skalski said.
Opening a restaurant just made sense with the newly renovated space next to the brewery.
Chifu and Zahira Romero, better known as Chef Z, are the heart and soul of the restaurant. They have a combined 35 years in the industry and know how to serve food that keeps people coming back.
“Our goal is to be known all over the area,” Chef Z said. “We want to be the one spot everyone wants to go.”
The pair are both chefs, with Chifu mostly occupying front of house and Chef Z running the kitchen.
The menu offers a variety of authentic Mexican food, with everything homemade. So far, the enchiladas and street-style tacos have proved to be popular menu items.
No matter where he’s serving food, Chifu said one thing is always true: “Everybody loves my food.”
The pair are in the process of moving up to Georgetown, to make this new restaurant truly locally operated.
“I want people to know this is a family-friendly environment and considered a family-owned business,” Chef Z said.
The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and is located at 505 Rose St. in Georgetown.