Casa Bonita parent company files for bankruptcy

Chapter 11 may not be the end of Lakewood restaurant

Bob Wooley
bwooley@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 4/21/21

Summit Family Restaurants, owner of Casa Bonita, filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy April 6, in Arizona. According to reporting from Denver 7, despite the bankruptcy filing, Summit President, Bob …

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Casa Bonita parent company files for bankruptcy

Chapter 11 may not be the end of Lakewood restaurant

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Summit Family Restaurants, owner of Casa Bonita, filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy April 6, in Arizona.

According to reporting from Denver 7, despite the bankruptcy filing, Summit President, Bob Wheaton, is hopeful the Lakewood icon will reopen by Memorial Day. He said one of the biggest challenges they are facingis staffing back up after being closed since March 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Summit previously filed for Chapter 11 protection in 2011, after they were unable to agree on terms for payment of a legal judgment against the company but continued to operate Casa Bonita without closing. 

Part of a chain that started in Oklahoma City in 1968, Casa Bonita opened in Lakewood in early 1974. It was designated as a historical landmark by the city in March 2015. 

Best known for its cliff divers, mariachis, sopapillas, and unmistakable pink facade, the restaurant has become a must-see attraction for generations of Coloradans. 

The restaurant obtained pop-culture cult status in 2003, when it was featured on an episode of Cartoon Network’s South Park.

Casa Bonita’s website currently has a bulletin at the top of the home page saying, “Casa Bonita is re-opening soon!”

Meanwhile, a GoFundMe fundraising effort, launched by a group of self-described Casa Bonita super fans not directly affiliated with the restaurant has been running since before the bankruptcy announcement. So far, the campaign has raised more than $39,000 of a $100,000 goal.

The group has also launched an informational website, www.savecasabonita.org, to drive donations and raise funds through selling Casa Bonita-themed merchandise. 

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