There was more than one Casa Bonita
Casa Bonita is in a way a right of passage for all Coloradan. This large pink building in Colfax is home to the Mexican Food Assembly Line, Cliff Divers and Black Bart.
The COVID-19 pandemic closed Colorado’s iconic restaurant due to safety concerns and has since been closed to date. Casa Bonita was made famous to those living outside the state by the long-running South Park cartoon series. During my time in Florida and Oregon, when people found out I was from the state of Colorado, their very first question was always “Is Casa Bonita a real thing?” Yeah, it’s real.
South Park creators Matt Parker and Trey Stone recently bought Casa Bonita for $ 3.1 million and will keep what people consider to be a historic Colorado food and entertainment establishment alive.
At one point, the Colorado location wasn’t the only Casa Bonita. I was surprised to learn today that there was a second site in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Tulsa location for Casa Bonita opened in 1971 off 21st Street and Sheridan Road.
Tulsa’s location shared much of the decor and vibe of Colorado Casa Bonita. To have a cave chamber with indoor palm trees, and even to raise the flag for more sopapillas. Casa Bonita in Tulsa for three years in 2005 before reopening again in 2008. A snowstorm in February 2011 closed the restaurant, it never reopened. Tulsa World states that a sign was left on the door of Casa Bonita de Tulsa saying “Thank you – for your years of visiting and dining with us” ending with “We are sorry to say we are closed for business”.
You can clearly see how the two could be the same HERE. Of course, the Tulsa location is missing a few key things like the cliff divers and the waterfall.
I know a lot of people hit on the food and what some may consider the insignificance of Casa Bonita Colorado, but it’s part of our state’s history. Families had a wonderful time sharing special occasions, birthdays and memories in this large pink building. Fortunately, we have two Coloradans who have chosen to feature Casa Bonita in their creation and make it a pop culture sensation. In doing so, they bought Casa Bonita. They kept it for the kids who were amazed by the cliff divers and talked about it nonstop. Some even said, “Mom, I want to be a cliff diver when I grow up.” Some adults may not like the place, but I have never met a kid who has been to Casa Bonita without their bright eyes talking about it.
Source: World of Tulsa
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