Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Picking Up Where Casa Bonita Left Off

Last October, we reported on the closing of Tulsa's Casa Bonita after more than three decades of thematic family fun and some of the worst all-you-can-eat Tex-Mex slop on the planet.

Although only the famed Denver location of Casa Bonita remains open (cliff divers and all), chain founder Bill Waugh has opened a new restaurant called Casa Viva in Tulsa's former Casa Bonita location. Hopefully they are improving upon the food, but Tulsa World food critic Scott Cherry wasn't too impressed, and I trust a man whose column is called "Eat, Drink & Be Cherry."

As long as we’re on the subject of Bill Waugh, I recently found out from some Metroplex-bred friends that he is also the man behind Taco Bueno, Burger Street and the once-beloved Crystal’s Pizza & Spaghetti chain, which is now down to one location in Irving.

Photo by James Gabbard/Tulsa World

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