A Denver-based Mexican restaurant is moving north and a new location is planned in the southeast of Fort Collins.

Los Chingones is taking over 3541 E. Harmony Road, the former home of Harmony Commons’ Famous Toastery breakfast and lunch place, which closed in 2019.

The restaurant plans to open in June, according to Troy Guard, chef de cuisine and owner of Tag Restaurant Group, a Denver-based restaurant collection that includes Los Chingones.

Los Chingones kitchens offer Guard’s take on authentic Mexican cuisine, inspired by his teenage years in San Diego, Guard said.

“It’s just fun, cool, casual Mexican-style cuisine (concept),” he added.

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After opening Los Chingones’ flagship restaurant in the RiNo neighborhood of Denver in 2013, it has expanded to include three more full restaurants and a lounge in the Denver area, according to its website.

Fort Collins has been on the guard’s radar for six or seven years, he said.

“It’s growing and growing and it’s a super exciting little town,” said Guard, adding that he is particularly excited about the upcoming Los Chingones location as it is close to Harmony Road offices, businesses and hotels.

The restaurant’s new East Harmony space is roughly 3,200 square feet inside, with an additional 1,000 square feet outside, Guard estimates. While some elements of the space stay the same, the Fort Collins location in Los Chingones will feature a larger bar and garage doorways, which Guard said will create an open-air feel this summer.

“We’re super excited,” he said. “It’s going to have a really cool, hip, fun atmosphere.”

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