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El Cholo Opens Downtown 83 Years After Debut on Western

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El Cholo Photo: DiCharry via Flickr

Ever wonder exactly how the owners of El Cholo lean? Today BlogDowntown reintroduces us to the Salisbury clan, who just opened their Downtown branch of the restaurant in South Park yesterday. According to the legend on its website, family forefather George Salisbury married into the family that once owned Sonora Cafe, which became El Cholo in 1925 when a customer sketched a man there and gave it that title. In 1927, George and his new wife started their own El Cholo on Western, which still remains. Who is in charge today?

Currently George’s grandson, Ron, helps run the chain with his offspring, many of whom worked in Cholo’s kitchens and choose to stay in the business following college. In that spirit, the family banded together to turn the former Liberty Grill into the fifth El Cholo location, complete with a new patio and redesigned space. Despite the new Downtown digs, the menu remains the same as the originas, surviving nearly 83 years and more than a few incarnations of Downtown.

El Cholo 1037 S. Flower St. Downtown 213-746-7750

Downtown’s El Cholo Remains a Family Affair [BlogDowntown]

El Cholo Opens Downtown 83 Years After Debut on Western