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Durango’s newest Mexican restaurant opens its doors

Goodbye Christina’s Bar and Grille, hello Chavolos Mexican Restaurant.

The restaurant space next to the Best Western on U.S. Highway 160 changed hands Jan. 1 and Chavolos opened two weeks later, serving lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day but Saturday and Sunday, when it’s open until 10 p.m.

“I wanted to be in Durango for quite a few years, and when the opportunity came up, we did it,” said owner Edgar Salvador Ortiz.

Ortiz started with his first restaurant 10 years ago in Pagosa Springs and now has outlets in Mancos and Bayfield, as well. The Durango location will feature the same popular dishes such as enchiladas, tacos, carne asadas and fajitas. Local favorites pork carnitas and chile verde also will be on the menu.

Ortiz hails from Jalisco, Mexico, home of what else? Tequila, of which he carries many brands.

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