A group synonymous with nightlife in Denver is opening a new Mexican bar and restaurant in town this spring.
My Neighbor Felix by the owner of ViewHouse should debut in May in the space previously occupied by Marcella’s. Felix will tap into cuisines from across Mexico, served alongside margaritas and more tequila and mezcal cocktails.
The Italian dinner spot Marcella’s closed last April on Lower Highland’s Central Street, where it had operated for a year and a half.
“We always knew we wanted to do an elevated Mexican concept,” Francois Safieddine, CEO of My Neighbor Felix and Lotus Concepts, said in a release. “The conversation started casually with what the concept had to be: elevated Mexican, gracious, high-spirited but still approachable.”
Safieddine is known today for his multi-story ViewHouse sports bars, now a decade old and with three Denver locations. But he also operated multiple nightclubs — Lumi, Chloe, Vie and 24K Lounge — in Denver while they lasted.
For My Neighbor Felix, Safieddine brought on former Hillstone Restaurant executive Kasie Waxman and executive chef Jose Guerrero, previously from Alberto Perez Gonzalez’ restaurant group in Puerto Vallarta.
Guerrero says he’s going to be drawing from all seven of Mexico’s geographical food regions for his menu, and focusing on their confluence in Mexico City. Three more Colorado locations of My Neighbor Felix are planned after LoHi, in Colorado Springs, Centennial and Thornton.
Safieddine’s Lotus Concepts isn’t the only local restaurant group to pivot to Mexican cuisine and cocktails recently. While Denver-based Tavern Hospitality Group has closed multiple Tavern bars across town, it is expanding another of its brands, the Mexican-inspired Otra Vez Cantina, with more locations.
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