Photo: Casa Bonita Facebook page
The creators of the irreverent animated television series “South Park” have signed an agreement to become the new owners of the iconic but quirky Denver-area restaurant Casa Bonita, according to court documents filed this week.
The $ 3.1 million deal, yet to be approved by a bankruptcy judge, ends months of speculation and uncertainty surrounding the beloved 47-year-old institution that had been shut down since start of the pandemic.
Casa Bonita owner Summit Family Restaurants filed for Chapter 11 protection in April.
The creators of “South Park,” Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who grew up in Colorado and went to restaurants as children, featured or mentioned Casa Bonita in several episodes of the series. In the bankruptcy documents, the buyers are listed as The Beautiful OPCO, LLC. A representative of Parker and Stone’s production company signed the purchase contract.
Parker and Stone told Colorado Governor Jared Polis last month that they bought Casa Bonita. According to media reports, “the couple were stunned as they broke the news, as Polis, also genuinely elated, stood up to hug them.”
The eccentric Casa Bonita, with its 85-foot-tall pink tower facade, is more than just a Mexican restaurant. The 52,000 square foot roadside attraction and destination also features regular puppet shows and other entertainment, a 30 foot high waterfall, seating for 1,000 diners, a spooky area known as of “Black Bart’s Cave” and, of course, a gift store.
The landmark is so popular that guests created a GoFundMe fundraiser for the facility during the pandemic. So far, Save Casa Bonita has raised $ 68,720 of its stated goal of $ 100,000. The fundraiser organizers incorporated their group as a limited liability company and used the donations to pay off some of the debt owed by Summit Family Restaurants, especially to smaller vendors such as the mariachi band and food vendors. , according to group website.
“La Casa Bonita is an important cultural and historical icon and a vibrant piece of Colorado’s landscape,” organizers said on the fundraising page.
Under the motion to sell, the original owners of Casa Bonita will give the owner $ 900,000 to pay their arrears rent.
Parker and Stone would plan improvements to Casa Bonita. The monument has long been known for its mediocre food.
“The one area where we would all like to see an upgrade – I think I speak for everyone who frequent Casa Bonita – is the food can be a little better,” Polis said during his interview with the duo. .
“I think it could be a little more than a little better,” replied Stone.
The two told The Hollywood Reporter that they plan to work with as yet unknown Colorado restaurateurs to enhance the dining experience.
“We started to talk about the changes we are going to make, mainly in terms of food”, Parker said at the point of sale in July. “We’re going to make some really great food. I was already thinking about how I was going to make Black Bart’s cave a little bigger.