El Cholo Spanish Cafe has seen Hollywoods biggest names like Gary Cooper, Jack Nicholson, and Elizabeth Taylor feast on their green corn tamales and margaritas, and was even referenced by Warren Beattys 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 eaterys 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 its because we welcome different racial and economic groups to dine together. Weve lived a long life, and I hope my great-grandchildren carry on what weve done.
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