2022 has been a busy year so far when it comes to opening a new restaurant. I’m sure this year’s big review will easily surpass last year’s new restaurant summary of 195. Just look at this month’s update alone. What else would you add to the list? None other than El Cholo, the Los Angeles restaurant that claims the title of the city’s first Mexican restaurant, and which records nearly a century of history behind it.
Founded in 1923 by Sonoran natives Alejandro Borques and his wife Rosa, the restaurant appears to have been rated by Thrillist in their list of ***** staples of Los Angeles Mexican restaurants to savor in the City of Angels.
The restaurant has grown into a hexagonal set of locations in SoCal with the seventh set of Sugar House at 2166 S and 900 E. It looks like the new Utah facility is ready to bring the popular menu to the beehive, which includes plenty of Sonoran specialties; Not to mention the elegant touch to recall the year the dish was brought to the stocked menu. Unfortunately, what I don’t think we’ll see translated here – the margaritas to go section.
The restaurant will open in the new building just to the west of Smith on the same side of the road as Este Pizza and Sugar House BBQ. The restaurant will cover approximately 9,000 square feet and also feature a rooftop patio.
According to press release notes for the opening, the restaurant is now run by third-generation owner Ron Salisbury who has roots in Utah. The restaurant is expected to open in Fall 2022 – we’ll have more details when they arrive.
The restaurant joins a group of Mexican newcomers to the general neighborhood such as De Los Muertos, Katrina’s Mexican Restaurant, and Tacos El Fino.
Pictured are Filet Mignon tacos, from El Cholo.
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