There's been a whole multitude of reasons why so many businesses and restaurants have closed in the last handful of years, but this is a new one.

With the insane cold weather we've had lately, there's been a lot of talk about how to prepare your home for the sub-zero temperatures, specifically the water pipes.

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But I guess I failed to mention that businesses and other commercial buildings should probably take the same steps to prepare for the weather. Unfortunately, one Denver restaurant staple for more than the last 60 years had to learn the hard way, by coming into work only to discover that the restaurant had flooded due to a water pipe bursting under the extreme cold conditions.

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La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant has been on Champa in Denver since 1963, in a building that was once an old Safeway location. When its owner Robert Herrera showed up to work the other day, he found a flooded restaurant thanks to old pipes that couldn't take the cold.

While beginning the cleanup, Westword reports they also discovered asbestos in the original building materials, which now requires a more thorough cleanup and asbestos remediation process, beyond just drying the place out.

As a result, La Fiesta will remain closed for a while - but there's good news - they will eventually re-open the iconic Mexican restaurant, likely in about a month.

You can stay up to date on their progress by following the La Fiesta Facebook page.

This Local Colorado Mexican Restaurant Is One Of The Best

After opening in 2008, Las Palmeras Mexican Restaurant has become one of the area's very best locally-owned places to get delicious, and authentic Mexican food. We found this place by accident years ago while driving hungry down Main Street in Longmont and have been regulars ever since.

Gallery Credit: Big Rob TSM

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