George Lopez, stand up comedian, television and film actor, talk show host opened his first George Lopez’s Chingon Kitchen in September 2017 at San Manuel Casino in Highland, California.
Upon arrival to George Lopez’s Chingon Kitchen, guests are welcomed by a friendly host, open exhibition style kitchen, juicy meats grilling on open flames, an oversized chalkboard menu with a simple step-by-step guide to building your custom food order, and invited to approach the mouthwater scratch kitchen to make their selections. There they can watch flour and corn tortillas being made by hand as their eyes are drawn to a sea of colorful cast iron serving pots and pans featuring freshly prepared menu ingredients, all made from scratch using authentic, fresh ingredients.
The 150-seat, 6,000 sq ft restaurant and hip tequila lounge features sofa seating, custom Patron chandeliers and a wall of fireplaces which offer guests a friendl, authentic Mexican dining and lounge experience, to be enjoyed at their own pace. Designed to feel like it has been there for decades, the atmosphere at George Lopez’s Chingon Kitchen is decidedly urban and reminiscent of a classic old warehouse loft space. Vibrant graffiti art inside and out celebrates Mexican history, culture and folklore, ranging from bold Dia de Los Muertos and Lucha Libre images to portairs of notable personalities, including Lopez and Frida Kahlo, as well as vaqueros and a variety of minstrels. Used brick and rustic wood create a warm atmosphere under high, patina-finished corrugated steel ceilings, with massive exposed wood trusses. A variety of choice seating is available from booths, banquettes, high-top tables with bar stools, plush sofas and leather club chairs, communal high table chairs and industrial lighting. Two 12’ tall oversized antique entry doors with wrought iron door pulls and details complete the authentic look.