South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone want to buy the real Casa Bonita

29 July 2021, 12:51 | Updated: 29 July 2021, 17:28

South Park's Casa Bonita episode
South Park's Casa Bonita episode is based on a real-life restaurant. Picture: South Park

By Jenny Mensah

The Colorado-based restaurant, which was featured in a 2003 episode of the animated comedy series, is under threat due to the pandemic.

South Park brought Casa Bonita to their fans around the world, but not everyone knew it was a chain of real-life "eatertainment" restaurants.

The Mexican-themed restaurant features in Season 7 episode 11 of the animated comedy series and sees Cartman mislead Butters into going missing in order to gain an invitation to Kyle's birthday party.

The remaining real-life Casa Bonita based in Denver, Colorado has struggled after having to close during the pandemic and could be under threat of closing entirely after its parent company reportedly filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in April.

However, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have revealed their dream of saving the restaurant by buying it themselves.

“We want to buy Casa Bonita and treat it right. I feel like it was neglected even before the pandemic," Parker revealed to The Hollywood Reporter.

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"We started talking about the changes we’re going to make—mostly with the food," he added.

"We’re going to make really awesome food. I was already thinking about how I was going to make Black Bart’s Cave a little bigger."

Casa Bonita, which was a much-loved location for the funnymen, has been mentioned several times in South Park and also featured in the 2017 video game South Park: The Fractured but Whole.

“It’s just sitting there. It sucks,” Parker said.

"For a moment when it was like, ‘Casa Bonita is going to close down,’ we said, We’re going to go buy it.’ And I felt like it was the crowning achievement of my life.”

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