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Fans Rally to Save This Beloved Colorado Restaurant From Disappearing

The iconic Mexican restaurant is getting help from the community.

Casa Bonita, an iconic Mexican restaurant in Colorado with a legacy that spans almost half a century, filed for bankruptcy in April after being shut down since the beginning of the pandemic. But the restaurant is now getting financial help from an unlikely source: its diehard fans.

The Denver restaurant was best known for its magical interiors which hosted musical and acrobatic performances, turning it into a destination for diners from across the region. According to 9News, some of these fans have now started Save Casa Bonita, LLC, which is working on paying off some of the restaurant's debt. The group is helping pay entertainers and small vendors who were left without the money they were owed once the business went into Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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"When they were threatened with eviction by the landlord, then they filed for Chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy. That protects them from all of their creditors, but what we saw when we looked at the list of creditors, is there was a lot of small organizations that we felt bad for," said Andrew Novick, a spokesperson for Save Casa Bonita.

Among the vendors the group is helping is a mariachi band, a food distributor, and a janitorial supply company. Save Casa Bonita, LLC is now a creditor in the bankruptcy case. They raise money for their cause by selling proprietary Casa Bonita merchandise, holding rallies, and taking donations through a GoFundMe page. Their next event is scheduled for June 14.

While the restaurant remains closed and no reopening date has yet been announced by the owners, the group plans to continue its mission to save the restaurant from disappearing.

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Mura Dominko
Mura is a Deputy Editor leading ETNT's coverage of America's favorite fast foods and restaurant chains. Read more