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Dos Santos Taqueria de Mexico adds to former Southside Johnny’s

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The former Southside Johnny’s on South Tejon Street will play host to yet another lauded Denver foodery this year: Dos Santos Taqueria de Mexico (dossantosdenver.com). Founded in 2015, the spot’s run by owner/chef Kris Wallenta and owner/operator and brother Jason.

Kris, the older brother, learned to cook from family in Cozumel, Mexico, before attending the French Culinary Institute (now called the International Culinary Center) in New York. He still owns Kondensa and Kinta Mexican Bistro in Cozumel. His Santos recipes are traditional, with a few twists, according to an interview with Westword.

Jason says they hope to open in late July or early August, pending construction. They’ll be one of four tenants in the former Southside space, along with the previously announced Atomic Cowboy/Denver Biscuit Company/Fat Sully’s New York Pizza.

“Drew Shader, the owner of Atomic Cowboy, is a big Dos Santos fan and he recruited us on to the project,” Jason says. The brothers Wallenta also own a pizzeria, White Pie, which they’re open to bringing south, though there are no plans in place to do so.

“The Springs is clearly a growing market, and if there’s an opportunity in the future to also expand our White Pie concept, we’ll definitely consider it,” he says.

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