“South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker say they’re buying Casa Bonita

The “South Park” creators just may have fulfilled their promise of buying Colorado institution Casa Bonita.

In a live interview this morning with Colo. Gov. Jared Polis, Matt Stone and Trey Parker announced they will be buying Casa Bonita, in a matter of months, if their plan goes accordingly.

“As of about an hour ago,” Stone started, “so I have to qualify this, pending bankruptcy proceedings (…) we’ve come to an agreement with the owner, and we bought it.”

At the end of July, Stone and Parker had announced that they wanted to purchase the beleaguered Lakewood restaurant and entertainment venue. They said they will partner with yet-to-be-announced Colorado-based restaurateurs to do so.

“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.

“I think it could be a little more than a little better,” Stone clarified.

Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

Customers have dinner at Casa Bonita Jan. 11, 2019, in Lakewood. Mexican restaurant Casa Bonita has been a memory-making institution for decades, filling children with countless sopapillas and dreams of plummeting from the top of a man-made, three-story indoor waterfall while people eat tacos, listen to Mariachi music and watch puppet shows around them.

Casa Bonita has been closed to diners since March of 2020. By this spring, its owners had filed for bankruptcy.

Chapter 11 protection bought Summit Family Restaurants more time to pay off its $4.4 million in debt while looking for outside investment and possibly continuing to run the business.

But as of mid-August, Casa Bonita was still closed for dining and entertainment, like the venue’s famous cliff-diver performances. It is open to the public for “free backstage” tours, according to the website, as well as gift shop and arcade access.

Without opening for service, the restaurant had been losing around $40,000 a month, according to court documents filed back in April. Casa Bonita occupies 52,000 square feet behind its pink palace facade, located within a shopping center on West Colfax Avenue. Inside, it seats more than 1,000 people.

“The restaurant is in big trouble,” Jaime Zender, finance professor with the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business, told The Denver Post back in April. “As it looks now, without some infusion of cash, they would have to sell the building to satisfy their longterm debt.”