Remodeling? Hope Not!
|Casa Escobar, 2500 Wilshire Blvd Santa Monica|
I had lunch with my co-worker, Aileen yesterday. We were walking down Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica and noticed that there were workers surrounding the sign on Casa Escobar. Uh Oh! I hope they're not tearing the place down!!! Not that the Mexican food is any great shakes here. It's average 1960's-Los Angeles-style-orange cheese laden food. Yum. However, the building that houses Casa Escobar is outstanding! It was built by the original owner, Carlos "Choppo" Escobar in 1965. His family still operates the existing restaurant. The interior is dark as a cave, with twinkling lights in the piano bar. There's lava rock on the exterior. Yes, this is a throw-back to another time.
The margaritas are STRONG at Casa Escobar. There's a parking lot!!! I was there for an office lunch about 6 years ago and it was definitely OK. I called the restaurant today and they are OPEN for business. Hopefully, they were just cleaning or lighting the sign when we walked past yesterday.
My ol' high school boy friend, Kelly took me to Casa Escobar on one of our first dates. This must have been in 1969. The restaurant was still relatively new at the time. I thought it was so fancy! Thanks, Kelly for introducing me to this historic Santa Monica spot! I'm still in touch with Kelly through Facebook. Next time you're in L.A., Kell, let's meet up at Casa Escobar with a few of our old classmates for old times sake.
|Kelly and Ellen, yesterday and a few years ago|