Beloved Fort Collins restaurant Pobre Pancho’s permanently closes – The Denver Post

FORT COLLINS — The new owners of a beloved Mexican restaurant in northern Colorado have closed its doors for good, citing “COVID financial strain” and “unforeseen circumstances.”

“There’s not a memory from my childhood that I don’t have that I haven’t been here,” Monica Bird said Sunday.

Pobre Pancho’s Mexican Food and Cocktails has been in her family’s hands her entire life. Her father, Frank Perez, founded it five decades ago.

“I worked here from 12 on as a teenager and as an adult,” Bird said.

In August 2020, as the restaurant struggled through the pandemic and her late father’s health declined, a long-time patron named Asher Haun took over most of the ownership.

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