Silvia at Lost City opens November 18th

On November 18, Silvia will make her debut at Lost City at 3459 Ringsby Court, providing a new lunch option in RiNo. The venture is the first restaurant from Silvia Hernandez, a graduate of the education program at Comal Heritage Food Incubator, which provides restaurant and business experience to refugee women in Denver’s Globeville and Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods in the hope that one day they will be able to open their own food and hospitality stores.

For Hernandez, food has always been synonymous with family. She is originally from Mexico City and grew up cooking with her mother, aunts and cousins. Since childhood, she has dreamed of sharing her love of food with others, and in 2013, she brought her ambitions to Colorado. After connecting with Focus point Family Resource Center in 2015, where she took cooking and micro business courses, Hernandez started a catering business, Catrina Grill.

In 2016, Hernandez co-launched Comal, which is powered by Focus Points and was recently named one of the 2021 best restaurants in the country by New York Times. “I can literally say I opened the doors,” she notes. When the pandemic hit in 2020, she teamed up with Comal and Focus Points to cook for families within the Denver Public Schools system. During that time, she became associated with Michael Graham, the owner of Lost City coffee shops. Impressed by Hernandez’s enthusiasm and dedication to the project, he invited her to open her own concept inside Lost City’s RiNo location. He also gave her the opportunity to develop the food menu and lead the opening of the third Lost City inside Avanti Boulder, which debuted in July.

Now, Hernandez’s long-held dream of sharing the food she grew up with is a reality in RiNo. The menu of barley-yourself bowls is inspired by her childhood in Mexico City and her mother’s recipes from Oaxaca and experiences in Puerto Vallarta.

Guests first choose a base of greens or grains, and then add protein options, which include pork al pastor, chipotle chicken, Caribbean shrimp and mushroom rancheros. Then the bowls are filled with toppings like calabacitas, elote and queso fresco and sauces like creamy jalapeƱo and chipotle crema. Everything is made from scratch, and vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options are all available. There are also rotating specialties like pork posole and Hernandez’s daughter’s favorite homemade meal, birria tacos. Guests can also try Hernandez’s breakfast burritos, sandwiches and French toast, served from 08:30 until 11:30.

Silvia at Lost City is located inside the Lost City coffee shop, 3459 Ringsby Court, and is open Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit lostcitydenver.com.

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