Casa Bonita is not only a super fun Mexican restaurant in South Park, but Casa Bonita is actually a super fun Mexican restaurant in real life. And now, the creators of South Park are owners of the real-life Casa Bonita restaurant in Colorado.
For those not in the know, Casa Bonita is a big mexican restaurant, but they have like cliff jumpers and Black Bart’s cave and all kinds of stuff. Casa Bonita, which is the Disneyland of Mexican restaurants, is a real restaurant in Denver that has been in business since 1974. The 52,000 square-foot Mexican restaurant boasts a 30-foot waterfall with daring cliff divers and an arcade. However, the notorious restaurant hasn’t been open to diners since the COVID-19 pandemic started in 2020. The restaurant filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on April 6, 2021.
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South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone revealed on Friday that they saved Casa Bonita and purchased the landmark restaurant in Lakewood that seats more than 1,000 guests.
“As of about an hour ago, pending bankruptcy proceedings, we’ve come to an agreement with the owner and we’ve bought it,” Stone told Colorado Governor Jared Polis.
“We bought it,” Parker said, adding that they bought it for a “fair” price. “It just feels natural.”
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“We know that there have been a lot of people in Colorado that love Casa Bonita and have been working on this and we’re excited to work with everybody and make it the place we all want to make it,” said Parker. “I think everyone knows the potential of what that place can be and we certainly do, and I think it’s going to be an awesome Colorado thing.”
Matt and Trey say the bid to buy Casa Bonita has been in the works for awhile.
“We are going to do everything we can. We want to make it right and make it amazing,” Parker said last month. “We started talking about the changes we’re going to make—mostly with the food. We’re going to make really awesome food. I was already thinking about how I was going to make Black Bart’s Cave a little bigger.”
South Park, which is celebrating its 24th anniversary, featured Casa Bonita and its 85-foot-tall pink clock tower in its 2003 episode during season seven.
The final sale is pending court approval, which could take months. But the sale is no sweat for Matt and Trey, who recently signed a $935 million contract with ViacomCBS for 14 South Park movies.
Get ready to eat all of the sopapillas.