It’s been a busy 2022 so far when it comes to new restaurant openings. I am sure this year’s grand review will easily surpass last year’s 195 new restaurant recap. Just look at this month’s update alone. The latest to add to the list? None other than El Cholo, the Los Angeles restaurant that lays claim to the title of first Mexican restaurant in the city, clocking in with nearly a century of history behind it.
Established in 1923 by Sonoran natives Alejandro Borquez and wife Rosa the restaurant is apparently rated by Thrillist in a list of *the* essential L.A. Mexican restaurants to sample in the city of Angels.
The restaurant has grown to a sextuplet of locations in SoCal with the seventh set for Sugar House at 2166 South and 900 East. The new Utah facility looks set to bring the popular menu to the Beehive, which includes plenty of Sonoran specialties; not to mention the neat touch of calling out the year a dish was brought to the storied menu. Sadly what I don’t think we will see translated here – the margaritas to go section.
The restaurant will open just to the West of the Smith’s on the same side of the road as Este Pizza and Sugar House BBQ. The restaurant will encompass some 9,000 square feet and also features a rooftop patio.
According to press release notes for the opening, the restaurant is now operated by third-generation owner Ron Salisbury who himself has roots in Utah. The restaurant is projected for a Fall 2022 opening – we’ll have more details as they arrive.
Pictured, filet mignon tacos, credit El Cholo.
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