Chicago restaurant group looks to bring Mexican concept to RiNo corner

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Chicago-based bar and restaurant group Four Corners paid $3 million for 2903 Larimer St., a parcel with two structures on it. (Thomas Gounley)

A Chicago-based bar and restaurant group is thinking Mexican for its expansion into RiNo.

Four Corners co-owner Matt Menna told BusinessDen in an email Wednesday that the restaurant the company plans to build at 2903 Larimer St. will be “a Tacos and Tequila focused concept.”

Four Corners owns and operates 15 independently branded restaurants and bars in the Chicago area, ranging from taco joint Federales to neighborhood sports bar Gaslight and game lounge Hi-Point. The company also has an ownership stake in several other establishments there, including high-end Chinese restaurant Tao Chicago and the local Small Cheval burger chain.

Four Corners purchased the 0.29-acre 2903 Larimer St. lot in Denver in February, paying $3 million. It is home to a former auto repair shop as well as a vacant home.

Redevelopment plans were submitted to the city for the site this week, showing that Four Corners and local development partner Magnetic Capital want to develop an 8,085-square-foot restaurant building, which would incorporate both the home and a portion of the auto repair shop structure.

There would be patio space in front of the structure along Larimer Street, and garage doors that would open up, the plans show.

The existing home on the site would be turned into a hub for to-go orders, labeled “taco take-out” on the plans.

Menna, who is also a partner with Chicago-based powerhouse developer Sterling Bay, said the earliest the RiNo restaurant is expected to open is in the late second quarter of 2020. The name of the restaurant has not been finalized.

Other bar and restaurant offerings already operating along the 2900 block of Larimer Street are Shake Shack, Ratio Beerworks, Chicken Rebel and Finn’s Manor.

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