“Historic” Highland Park cafe property up for sale

Who can’t help but smile when passing by the sombrero-wearing red pepper with a mustache painted on the side of Chico’s Cafe in  Highland Park?  The cafe has been serving burritos, huevos rancheros and other Mexican staples for about two decades out of a  bright-yellow box of a building  that shares a large corner lot on Avenue 50 near Figueroa Street  with a 10-unit apartment building.   Now, that entire property, including the cafe and apartment building,  is up for sale at an asking price for $1.5 million, according to a listing on LoopNet.

The listing describes Chico’s as a “historic neighborhood cafe” that “has been a tenant for over 20 years and is on a month-to-month modified gross lease.”

Would a new property owner be likely to keep renewing Chico’s lease or will that will that mustached red pepper have to find another wall?


  1. What’s with the white paint under his moustache and on his hat “HL**”?

  2. Noooo! They can’t get rid of Chicos’s! Best Mexican food in LA. Shit.

  3. I used to go there in the 70’s when it was run by two elderly couples. I think we were pretty bratty to those poor folks! Yummy though!

  4. One of the cooks at Chico’s tried to get me to “invest” in some sort of health powder pyramid scheme. I was like, “Well, if this stuff is so good can I buy some and try it?”

    “No, no, no my friend. This is an investment opportunity.”

    If this is such an “opportunity” then why are you still the line cook at Chico’s?

  5. Oh no! Chico’s is so good. Yes, the man sell vitamins (and maybe a scheme?), but he also sells a mean freshly made guacamole. I’ll be so sad if it goes.

  6. The place was called “The Old Virginian” previously to becoming Chico’s. You could have a NY steak, baked potato, salad, a piece of the best cornbread Ive ever eaten and a scoop of ice cream for $5… Yep, them’s were the days. That was cheap for even the 70’s too!

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