Thursday, April 3, 2008

Star-Studded Mexican Restaurant Turns 85

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – An iconic Los Angeles restaurant is turning 85 years old.

El Cholo Spanish Cafe has seen Hollywood’s biggest names like Gary Cooper, Jack Nicholson, and Elizabeth Taylor feast on their green corn tamales and margaritas, and was even referenced by Warren Beatty’s character in the classic comedy Shampoo.

Today (Apr. 3), the famous Mexican restaurant – credited with bringing nachos to Southern California – is celebrating its 85th anniversary with a tour and stories from the eatery’s long past.

Restaurant owner Ron Salisbury, whose grandfather opened El Cholo, says the eatery is invincible, surviving the Great Depression, World War II, and the L.A. Riots.

He says, “During the L.A. Riots, the areas around us were burned down, but our little section was left alone. I think it’s because we welcome different racial and economic groups to dine together. We’ve lived a long life, and I hope my great-grandchildren carry on what we’ve done.”

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