New bar Rita’s Law serving “cocktails and community” in Five Points. Oh, and food out of a school bus.

A community space selling pastries and coffee by day, cocktails and veggie bowls by night opened this week on Welton Street. You’ll spot it from its converted school bus, serving as a kitchen on the outdoor patio.

Rita’s Law, at Welton and 22nd, is a small but big-hearted bar where countertop workspace — plus caffeine — is available starting at 10 a.m. daily, and movies or jazz musicians will project from the outdoor patio on summer nights.

“I want to have a space that has everything you need,” owner Rita Price said, adding, “all I care about is really becoming a part of the community.”

Originally from Denver and raised in Boulder, Price recently moved back to Colorado after years living in Hawaii and California and running restaurants. She decided she wanted to switch to the bar business, and landed in a Denver neighborhood that as a kid she was told not to visit.

“Hey, I’m here, and you’re welcome here,” she says now of Rita’s Law. It’s located around the corner from other new spots like TeaLee’s Teahouse, Carbon Cafe, Habit Doughnut Dispensary and Woods Boss Brewing Company.

At Rita’s, the bar has a touch of tiki (without feeling kitschy), and the food is served out of a permanently parked small school bus. Water bowls for dogs and solar-powered umbrellas with charging stations line the patio. All decorations — from a lady justice statue to a vintage arcade game on the wall — have a meaning for Price.

“This is just super personal,” she says of the business and the space.

In an effort to reach out to new neighbors, Rita’s is offering happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. daily and again starting at 11 every night. The bar technically closes at midnight, but will stay open if there’s demand, Price said.

And depending on morning traffic, she hopes to open earlier in the day for the remote working crowd.

When it comes to running a bar, “I make the laws so I can break the laws,” Price said.

2209 Welton St., 720-465-9644;; 10 a.m.-midnight daily