GEORGE LOPEZ’S CHINGON KITCHEN OPENS AT VEE QUIVA
eorge Lopez — stand-up comedian, television and film actor, talk show host and author —kicked off Cinco de Mayo weekend with the ribbon-cutting and the public opening of his George Lopez’s Chingon Kitchen at Gila River Hotels & Casinos–Vee Quiva. The restaurant features a menu of dishes made from scratch including tacos, burritos, bowls and salads loaded with wood-fired carne asada, herb-crusted rotisserie chicken and spit-fired al pastor. Such Mexican favorites as handmade guacamole, churros, street corn and horchata are offered. In addition to the various food options, the restaurant stays true to Lopez’s roots, incor-
“Whether you’re a fan of mine or a fan of Mexican food, the restaurant offers something for everyone in a fun and highenergy environment.”
porating such elements of traditional Mexican and Chicano heritage as Dia de Los Muertos skulls and Lucha Libre masks. The restaurant fuses this cultural iconography with urban-inspired décor featuring red brick, dark woods and hand-painted graffiti murals. “I am thrilled to bring Chingon Kitchen to Arizona and partner with Gila River Hotels & Casinos to open my second restaurant,” Lopez says. “Whether you’re a fan of mine or a fan of Mexican food, the restaurant offers something for everyone in a fun and high-energy environment.” Restaurant industry entrepreneur and hotelier Michael Zislis of the Zislis Group joined forces with Lopez to introduce their fast-casual dining concept to showcase made-fromscratch authentic Mexican cuisine celebrating Lopez family’s time-honored dishes. The result is “Chingon.” Great food, served fast in an energized urban environment that celebrates Mexican and Chicano heritage. The first George Lopez’s Chingon Kitchen opened at San Manuel Casino in Highland, California, in 2018. A third location currently is in development in Torrance, California.
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