LA's very first Mexican restaurant. Since first opening our doors in 1923, El Cholo has operated as a family-owned business and today, the restaurants are run by Ron Salisbury, grandson of the founders. Many of these stories below are direct from Ron and a remembrance to the time of surviving as a restaurant for over 96 years. Our legacy at El Cholo lies in its commitment to quality ingredients, long family history, loyal employees (some with us nearly 40 years) and our dear devoted clientele. Through prohibition, the LA Riots, true Hollywood glamour and into the the 2000's, El Cholo continues to bring back memories for our guests. Enjoy our stories, dive deep into our rich history and share your stories with us by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Historical Information Charles Lindburgh crosses the Atlantic and Babe Ruth hits his 60th home run!
We were lucky enough to purchase the current parking lot (which was once a former house) helping us to expand the Western location.
El Cholo gets its first ice-making machine. This means that no longer does an ice delivery man come with a big block of ice that our waiters would have to use an ice pick on to make smaller cubes for drinks.
Ron brought his own black and white TV to the restaurant in the lobby as the broadcast happens the entire restaurant, staff and guests filter into the lobby to watch the historic event.
In honor of the legendary waitress Ann Howe “Annie’s Enchilada” is added to the menu
The El Cholo reading program is established offering a monetary reward to students who read a book from a list provided and wrote a report on it.