New restaurant Comal serving up job training and hope for Denver women

Entrepreneurs serve traditional Mexican food

DENVER -- A new restaurant is changing the lives of local women, giving aspiring entrepreneurs hope while serving up delicious Mexican dishes. Comal is not just an eatery, it's a training ground.

In the kitchen, Silvia Hernandez is singing as she makes tostadas. The Mexico City native has dreams of opening up her own restaurant one day.

The restaurant gives women entrepreneurs that chance by providing them with job training and language skills.

It is a partnership with a non-profit organization called Focus Points Family Resource Center. The organization is working to empower women from Globeville and Elyria-Swansea so they might be able to open their own businesses.

On-the-job training is invaluable for Hernandez who uses her mother's dishes for inspiration.

"It's not books, it's not reading, you have to do it every day. So it helps me a lot, because when I'm going to open my business, I'm going to be ready," said Hernandez.

Comal is located in RiNo's Taxi development and the menu changes on a daily basis. The restaurant is open for lunch Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A traditional lunch plate is $10.

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