Casa Bonita’s renovation reportedly cost $40 million

Speaking to the New York Times, owners Matt Stone and Trey Parker of “South Park” fame put the estimate at “infinity dollars”

Casa Bonita, the Lakewood restaurant, purchased by the creators of “South Park” in 2021, and renovated for reopening was photographed in Lakewood on Thursday, May 25, 2023.
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The renovations required to restore and reopen Casa Bonita reportedly cost “upward of $40 million.”

That’s according to the New York Times, which spoke with owners Matt Stone and Trey Parker, also the creators of the venerable TV show “South Park,” during one of the restaurant’s soft opening nights earlier this month.

Estimates procured by 9 News last August put the renovation at $12 million, in addition to the $3.1 million price tag to purchase the local landmark. But as construction mounted, so too did the bill.

“When the figure reached $20 million, business advisers encouraged Mr. Stone and Mr. Parker to pack it in. These days, Mr. Stone said, the investment was closer to ‘infinity dollars,'” the publication wrote.

“We could have rebuilt this twice as big, for half as much money, but we spent so much restoring it, like a piece of art,” Stone added.

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