'South Park' Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone Have Bought the Casa Bonita Restaurant
Published Aug 13, 2021South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have made good on their promise to buy Casa Bonita — the troubled Colorado Mexican restaurant featured in multiple episodes of their long-running series.
CBS Denver reports that Parker and Stone shared the news today during a livestream chat with Colorado governor Jared Polis to celebrate South Park's 24th anniversary.
During the chat, Parker revealed that a pending agreement has been reached with Casa Bonita's current ownership, Summit Family Restaurants, who filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in April. Parker previously shared with The Hollywood Reporter that the new ownership deal also involves additional unidentified Colorado-based restaurateurs.
While bankruptcy proceedings still need to take place, the pair reiterated that improving the food is priority. In the meantime, the establishment's arcade and gift shop remain open for South Park fans looking to tour the building.
"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," Parker said.
Casa Bonita, located just outside Denver in Lakewood, CO, was the focus of a titular South Park episode that first aired in 2003. In it, Kyle plans his birthday party at the establishment, which he calls "the Disneyland of Mexican restaurants." The episode was inspired by the South Park creators' childhood memories of visiting the real Casa Bonita.
Casa Bonita closed last March due to COVID-19, and it never reopened. The Colorado location was founded in 1974.
"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," Parker added.
Parker and Stone will surely plan a Casa Bonita celebration for South Park's recent renewal for seven more seasons and 14 made-for-streaming movies.