Food: En Fuego returns, this time in Grand Junction |

Food: En Fuego returns, this time in Grand Junction

Caitlin Row
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WHAT: En Fuego

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 23., from 5-7 p.m.

WHERE: Grand Junction’s Veterans of Foreign Wars building, 1404 Ute Ave.

COST: $5-8 per dish


Decadence Gourmet Cheesecakes founder and chef Lee Mathis ended 2013 with a fiery bang; he hosted the Grand Valley’s first-ever pop-up restaurant — En Fuego, featuring foods with heat — at Peach Street Distillers in Palisade last November.

Now En Fuego returns, this time popping up at Grand Junction’s Veterans of Foreign Wars building at 1404 Ute Ave., on Thursday, Jan. 23. The flavor extravaganza — featuring savory food with a kick not for everyone — will last from 5-7 p.m. Food will be served inside.

“With the success of the first En Fuego, we knew we had to do it again,” Mathis said. “And with the emails we got requesting a closer venue to Grand Junction, we really wanted to give our pepperhead fans an easier path to heat.”

According to Mathis, menu items will include: El Diablo savory appetizer cheesecake spread, served with lime chips; Flamin’ Burgers (“a mixture of ground angus and ground bacon, infused with a ghost pepper/trinidad and scorpion/habanero sauce”); Spicy Chicken Towers from Hades; ghost fries; and more. Items cost between $5-8 each.

A pop-up restaurant is defined as “when someone takes over an existing place or a shell of a building and does a restaurant theme for just one night,” Mathis previously noted.

For more information about Decadence Gourmet Cheesecakes, visit

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