Casa Bonita, the beloved Denver restaurant that was featured in a 2003 episode of South Park, filed for bankruptcy, according to documents reviewed by Colorado’s 9news.
The Mexican restaurant was forced to close its doors in March 2020, following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, and has remained closed since then.
In the South Park An episode written and directed by show co-creator Trey Parker, Casa Bonita welcomes Kyle’s birthday (co-creator Matt Stone), while Cartman (Parker) tries to coordinate Butters’ disappearance. Both Parker and Stone grew up in Colorado, and it is said that they based the episode on their memories of going to Casa Bonita as children.
Serving the Denver area for 46 years, Casa Bonita is also known for its 30-foot waterfall, game room, and cozy atmosphere.
The owners of Casa Bonita, Summit Family Restaurants, reportedly filed for Chapter 11 on April 6, which means they are allowed to propose a financial restructuring and reorganization plan to keep their business afloat.
While the restaurant’s website says it will “reopen soon,” some of its customers have raised concerns and created a GoFundMe page to ensure that the “cultural and historical icon” and “vibrant piece of the Colorado landscape” no you won’t disappear. Created by Andrew Novick, the “SAVE CASA BONITA” campaign has raised $ 17,590 of its goal of $ 100,000.