AZ Business Journal – El Chorro closes doors after 60 years

The venerable El Chorro Lodge in Paradise Valley is shutting its doors after more than 60 years of operation, but may re-open in the fall with new owners.

According to the person answering the phone who declined to be identified, Wednesday is the last night for the restaurant that has been serving customers since 1937.

She said the property has been sold to a group of local businessmen and will close for renovations. The newly improved restaurant is expected to re-open this fall.

A message left for owners Joe and Evie Miller was not returned in time for this story.

Fred Unger, proprietor of The Hermosa Inn, another historic property in Paradise Valley, said the news is bittersweet.

“Joe and Evie have owned it for years and years. The Millers have really passed on a legacy, so it’s wonderful that local people have purchased it and will preserve a piece of local history,” Unger said.

“But I am hoping the new owners keep the sticky buns, because I love the sticky buns,” Unger said of the restaurant’s signature sweet.