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There are many scenarios that could play out and we created this campaign to gather awareness and funding from the community so we can be prepared to act and have influence, whichever direction it goes – we just want to make sure we have a voice!
Our "Raise the Flag for Casa Bonita!" Community Event was a huge success!
Sopaipillas, mariachis and comradery...[Channel 4 was there]
As you may know, Summit Family Restaurants, Inc (a.k.a. Casa Bonita) filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in April. This was due to a filing of unlawful detainer (eviction) by the landlord. We have been following the case closely and have retained counsel in Arizona, where the filing was made. As those two entities battle it out, we continue to gather support from the community - specifically fans of Casa Bonita.
We would like to announce that we have purchased Casa Bonita's debt from some of the small, independent creditors in the bankruptcy case, and the benefits are numerous. First, these vendors, such as the mariachi band and food/supply vendors were paid for 100 % of the funds they have been owed by the restaurant for over a year. Also, now Save Casa Bonita, LLC is a creditor in the case and we are participating in the bankruptcy proceedings and are asking questions in the hearings. The trustee of the case said it was refreshing that the community was getting involved in the case, which he said is rare. Casa Bonita has not submitted a payment plan for the creditors yet, but if the bankruptcy is approved, it could be years before they are paid off. The owners of Casa Bonita still say they are planning on opening, but there are no details.
Check out our press section below to get caught up on the latest news.
Save Casa Bonita, LLC is not associated with Summit Family Restaurants, Inc.
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Denver Post, 9News, The Denver Channel (7 News)
Chapter 11 bankruptcy reports:
New reports from:
City Cast Denver podcast with Bree Davies
A fun interview on KBPI Rock Radio
...and a CBS report on Channel 4 Denver
A lot of press from the rally on 4/24:
CBS Channel 4,
Denver Post (4/25/21)
Channel 7 (click right arrow on photo to start video)
Here is a great article summing-up where things stand:
Glendale Cherry Creek Chronicle
another editorial in the Denver Gazette
and a 303 Magazine piece about our team
9News with Kyle Clark about buying the debt
Westword article about the debt and Raise the Flag event
...and Channel 4 was there!
Matt Stone and Trey Parker of South Park announced they they were planning on buying Casa Bonita but, as Channel 7 reported, they haven't actually talked to the owner yet. Meanwhile, we already have an offer in.
On a livestream with Jared Polis, Matt and Trey announced that "they bought it" (pending bankruptcy proceedings), as reported on
9News (with our reaction) and Channel 7 News.
This interview with Andrew Novick on Colorado Public Radio's "Colorado Matters" sums up what is happening with our group and the reaction to South Park.
Check us out in the national news on APM's Marketplace on NPR with Amy Scott.
What IS the deal with South Park? Here is some info from Westword. We're still fighting!
We were finally able to contact South Park through their attorney in the bankruptcy filings and tel them why we are better restaurant partners than Zeppelin Development, who are developers and loandlords to restaurants, not restaurateurs. They got back to us that they were not interested in working with us instead. We filed an objection to the sale in the bankruptcy because the landlord said they would settle with the owner if he sold the restaurant, but when we had our offer in, they rescinded that offer.
Then, South Park and the Zeppelins showed up (they had been working in concert with the landlord for many months) and the landlord was then willing to settle. We believe the landlord coerced the owner to pick their preferred buyer, and we were precluded from providing a counteroffer. We filed an objection to the sale in the bankruptcy because it was not an "arms-length" or "good faith" deal, as they state in their sale motion. This press below is about the objection:
Westword reported on the filings
KDVR had a long interview which really describes a lot about what was/is going on.
There was a good story on Channel 4.
It was in Denver Gazette and on the cover of the Denver Post!
Also, it was picked-up by Wall Street Journal, Restaurant Business News and Bloomberg Law
Meet The Team
Andrew Novick is a Denver native and is known as Casa Bonita’s #1 fan (he recently had a huge charity fundraiser for his 300th visit to Casa Bonita). He has been shaking up Denver/Boulder since the late 1980s with Warlock Pinchers and has created pop-up food events like Japanese Ghost (Yurei) Cafe, Xtreme Pancake Breakfast, Surgery Dinner, Ramen Yatai and Desert Ramen. He is also an electrical engineer, an artist, a performer and an experiential event producer.
Diana Morales Ayala
Diana Morales Ayala is a Denver native, born and raised in the Northside. She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants, a serial entrepreneur, an artist, a savvy businesswoman and owner of Mermaids Bakery in downtown Denver.
Danny Newman loves Denver. He’s lived here his whole life and is passionate about helping the city grow while making sure we save what makes this city special. Danny’s dad was hired as a cliff diver at Casa Bonita in 1974 and Danny’s mom worked at Casa Bonita for a few weeks before quitting because she got hired at My Brother’s Bar. Danny now owns My Brother’s Bar and Mercury Cafe. Saving Denver institutions is in Danny's wheelhouse.
Rick Griffith is an award winning graphic designer, restaurant designer, former Denver Commissioner of Cultural Affairs, artist, activist, and an owner of Denver's Black owned revolutionary bookstore. MATTER.
Josh Epps is a former jeweler turned restaurateur. He has owned and operated award winning restaurants in Denver. He is the recipient of the Mayor’s Design Awards and several "best of Denver" awards. He currently owns and operates Jelly Cafe.
Merhia is a Denver native, a Westword "Colorado Creative" a 5280 Magazine "Disruptor" and has several years of experience working for an immersive arts organization advocating for a living wage for artists, diversity and accessibility for employees and patrons.
Betsy $B Rudolph
Betsy is a Denver native, the founder of the NEXT Gallery annual Casa Bonita art show (four years running), a professional artist and a long time Casa Bonita enthusiast!