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Gringo’s Celebrates 20 Years of Tacos on Saturday

By Brennan Ruegg, Leadville Today Contributor

Whamolas! Avalanches! Cheese Curds!

Gringos SignThe only drive-thru restaurant in town is celebrating 20 years of serving up Leadville’s fast food fare this Saturday, May 16. In appreciation for yearly local support, Gringo’s is raising the roof with its 1st Annual Taco de Mayo, an all day party from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Everyone is invited to come by for dancing, eating, and drinking in celebration of, yet again, the strength of local business and community sponsorship. The makings of the party: A live DJ (yes, on the roof), free taco bar, bouncy-house, and a beer garden.

Gringo’s started in 1995 as sister restaurant to Pancho’s in Buena Vista, the venture of Quincy’s Steakhouse owner Rich Sanderson. In 2008, he passed it onto Jeff Harkness (a former employee of Rich’s) and his wife, Jen.

For 7 years, they’ve retained the national integrity of fried potatoes and grilled chuck,  while continuing to fill us up in the mountains with food from a market cornered by big business elsewhere. That’s pretty special.

I'll have your total at the window, please pull around! Come celebrate 20 years of Gringos on May 16!

I’ll have your total at the window, please pull around! Come celebrate 20 years of Gringos on May 16! Photo: Gringos Facebook Page.

Without Gringo’s, Leadville would feel less independent wouldn’t it? And now the Harkness’ are throwing a big shindig to say thanks to you, and the other supportive businesses in Leadville that keep it so.

Gringo’s is where it’s always been at 102 Mt. View Drive. behind Safeway. Tacos will be offered while they last, and doggies should stay at home. There will be extra parking available in the old bowling alley lot. All proceeds from the beer garden will go to the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Leadville.

Taco de Mayo wouldn’t be possible without the Leadville Race Series, Dr. Ryde, the Eagles Club, or twenty years of patronage. By the way, have you tried the cheese curds?

Gringos Banner

Gringos owner Jeff Harness (left) hold the “Taco de Mayo” banner with Joseph Ponce De Leon (right) with Dr. Ryde who made the banner for this Saturday’s celebration. Photo: Gringo’s Facebook Page.

Brennan Ruegg is from Akron, Ohio. In his first Colorado winter, he’s returned to skiing and writing, and has met new faces and opportunities he could never have expected.




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