‘South Park’ creators to buy bankrupt restaurant featured on show
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of the hit animated American sitcom “South Park,” are eyeing to buy the now-bankrupt restaurant that they featured on their show.
The duo is currently trying to acquire Casa Bonita, an eatery in Colorado, after its parent company, Summit Family Restaurants, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Arizona on April 6, as per The Hollywood Reporter yesterday, July 28.
“We want to buy Casa Bonita and treat it right. I feel like it was neglected even before the pandemic,” Parker was quoted as saying.
“We are absolutely trying to buy it,” he added. “We are going to do everything we can. We want to make it right and make it amazing.”
The Mexican restaurant has been featured and mentioned several times on the said show, according to the report. It was also the focus of one episode in season 7, aptly titled “Casa Bonita,” back in 2003.
Casa Bonita, which opened in 1974, is an enormous establishment that features several attractions such as an arcade, a cave and waterfall with cliff divers, among others.
“We started talking about the changes we’re going to make — mostly with the food,” Parker was quoted as saying.
“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,” he added.
The said restaurant is also a beloved childhood location for both Parker and Stone, according to the report.
“It’s just sitting there. It sucks,” Parker was quoted as saying. “For a moment when it was like, ‘Casa Bonita is going to close down,’ we said, ‘We’re going to go buy it.’ And I felt like it was the crowning achievement of my life.”
Before Casa Bonita even went bankrupt, Parker and Stone admitted that they had already considered buying it in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in 2016.
He said then that four years prior, when the restaurant went up for sale, they “had 10 minutes of like, ‘We should buy it,’ because they do have a few things up there now where they’re like, this is the ‘South Park’ Casa Bonita. There are people who go to Casa Bonita because of ‘South Park.’” Ian Biong /ra