Save Casa Bonita

We are a coalition of Denver natives and residents from several industries who love Casa Bonita and we are very worried about its future. Casa Bonita is an important cultural and historic icon and a vibrant piece of the Colorado landscape.
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.

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.

Please check out our GoFundMe campaign
it was hugely successful in helping our endeavors!

Press

March stories:
Denver Post,  9News,   The Denver Channel (7 News)

Chapter 11 bankruptcy reports:
Westword and Newsweek and KDVR 31

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:
Westword Slideshow,   CBS Channel 4,   9News,   Denver Post (4/25/21)
Channel 7 (click right arrow on photo to start video)
Denver Gazette,   Denverite,   KDVR 31

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

June
9News with Kyle Clark about buying the debt
Westword article about the debt and Raise the Flag event
...and Channel 4 was there!

July
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.

August
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!

October
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 landlords 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

After hearing about some positive aspects of the plans of the South Park folks, we decided to drop our objection in exchange for some meetings with them. We could not be more thrilled with their choice for an executive chef - Dana Rodriguez was actually our first thought last year when we first started thinking about kitchen operations.
We absolutely believe that we were successful in our endeavor to Save Casa Bonita! With the leadership of Andrew Novick, our extensive efforts made it known that Casa Bonita needed to be saved, that it should be under new ownership and that the input of the community is important. We got so far as attaining investment and making a viable offer We spoke at length about wanting to bring it into the 21st-century and how diversity, equity, inclusion as well as accessibility and authenticity are vital aspects to success of Casa Bonita.
We have met with South Park a few times now, and we think they are on the right path so far. We hope to be involved, so that the future of Casa Bonita is positive and successful. Thanks everyone for your support!

Meet The Team

Andrew Novick

Diana Morales Ayala

Danny Newman

Rick Griffith

Josh Epps

Merhia Wiese

Betsy $B Rudolph