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El Cholo Slated to Open Downtown

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Thursday, February 18, 2010, at 10:02AM
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South Park's Liberty Grill is set to give way to a new location for El Cholo, a Los Angeles institution since its opening in 1927.

Like El Cholo but dislike having to drive all the way to Western? Your life is about to get easier.

blogdowntown has learned that the venerable Mexican restaurant will soon be opening a Downtown outpost, taking over the South Park building that was home to Liberty Grill until late last year.

That restaurant -- a partnership between Bernadette Leiweke, the wife of AEG CEO Tim Leiweke, and Camacho's Inc. -- opened in 2006 with an American comfort food menu designed by Fred Eric. A sign has hung in the window of the mission-style building at 1037 S. Flower since late last year saying that the restaurant was "Closed for extreme makeover."

El Cholo opened at 1121 S. Western in 1927 and has operated spin-off restaurants in various locations ever since. Along with the original location, the company currently operates eateries in Santa Monica, La Habra and Irvine.

The company this week posted a job listing on Craigslist looking for a lead chef for its "newest Downtown LA location."

The two partners remain involved in the project. There is not yet a set timeline for the opening.

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