“South Park” Creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker Buy Colorado Institution Casa Bonita Out of Bankruptcy

Casa Bonita has been closed to diners since March of 2020

Fans wait to enter Casa Bonita in 2018
Denver Broncos fans wait to enter Casa Bonita in 2018.
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It turns out South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker weren’t joking when they said last month that they were planning to save a Colorado institution that’s appeared on their show on more than one occasion.

During an interview with Colorado Governor Jared Polis, Stone and Parker announced they will be buying Casa Bonita, which has been closed to diners since March of 2020, in a matter of months if all goes to plan. “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 Polis.

The company that owned Casa Bonita, Summit Family Restaurants, filed for Chapter 11 protection in Arizona in April.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, the duo, who signed a six-year, $935 million pact with ViacomCBS that includes 14 streaming South Park movies, paid a “fair” price for the restaurant.

“This is a really exciting announcement not only for the community but for our entire state,” Lakewood Mayor Adam Paul told THR. “There has been a lot of behind-the-scenes movement and certainly these deals can be challenging. Not only will this help save an iconic landmark in Lakewood, but it will also provide catalytic change for an emerging arts district. I want to thank Trey and Matt for their commitment to the community.”

“The one area that we would all love to see an upgrade — and I think I speak on behalf of everybody who patronizes Casa Bonita — is the food could be a little better,” Polis said.

When the restaurant reopens, its food offerings will be upgraded, according to Parker.

“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,” he said. “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.”

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