Casa Bonita Partners With Dana Rodriguez, Acclaimed Denver Chef & Restaurateur

First it was a shock when Casa Bonita-loving South Park designers Trey Parker and Matt Stone placed their cash where their computer animated mouths ate as youngsters and acquired the area. Currently they have an additional shock; they’ve partnered with James Beard Award nominated-chef Dana Rodriguez to be executive chef.

There was a surprise phone telephone call. Rodriguez claims she generally does not address numbers she acknowledges, however did.

” It’s like, what? Matt as well as Trey from South Park are doing this and also I can cook?” said Rodriguez.

There was a sampling, which they apparently suched as.

” And they claim, ‘Dana I believe you can be our companion on the culinary side,’ as well as I claim, ‘Let me think of it, yes,'” said Rodriguez. She stated it took 2 seconds to address.

Rodriguez runs both Work & Class and also Super Mega Bien and also will soon open a new area called Cantina Loca.

Casa Bonita has actually been closed for a half as well as a year currently. Rodriguez states some staff is still being paid and so does not check out staffing up as difficult.

It’s really full circle for Rodriguez that showed up from Chihuahua, Mexico in 1998. She was staying with her relative and required a task.

” I claim, ‘Let’s go and use to a Mexican dining establishment,’ and she state, ‘Casa Bonita is a large Mexican restaurant.’ I was available in and also, (they claimed) ‘You’re not certified to function below’ lady.'”

After Stone and also Parker’s phone call she thought of one more type of reply.

” My response was like, ‘Ooh possibly it’s amusing since I apply, they do not employ me. Currently I can state no.'”

Rodriquez got a task as a dishwasher on Larimer Street and also moved up to later have a huge function in widely known downtown dining establishments prior to opening her own.

While Casa Bonita has been renowned in Colorado, it was mostly for the environment and also a little for the sopapillas. Not so much for the other food.

” Like a TV supper” explained diner Debra Stith outside the restaurant Monday. Some points will absolutely transform.

” So we’re mosting likely to develop the kitchen in a far better manner in which we can simply maintain relocating faster and also put in great deal of food each time, yet it’s fresh food.”

The tinned orange-yellow cheese is out.

” You’re mosting likely to have the very best enchiladas. The best points for adults and children. I imply fresh rice, fresh beans.”

The sopapillas will certainly still be a staple though.

The dining establishment is being revamped and also re-worked.

” I look at the cooking area, first off, it’s a substantial kitchen area that I never work with large kitchen areas like that prior to … It’s excellent due to the fact that when you construct something from the ground up you can construct it your way.”

The concept is to keep several things.

” All the home entertainment is mosting likely to still be there. This is not a South Park brand-new playground. This is Casa Bonita. They own it, however they intended to make it better.”

The expression they created is, “Improve every little thing yet change absolutely nothing.”

They hope to re-open late summertime or early fall of 2022.

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