Chi-Chi’s to Return to MoCo with Four Locations This Year (April Fool’s Day Joke)


Chi-Chi’s to Return to MoCo (April Fool’s Day joke)

A couple years ago we showed you that the Chi-Chi’s location in Lakeforest Mall was boarded up, but almost left unchanged inside.

Now we know why! The Tex-Mex restaurant is returning to that location and opening other locations in Olney, Silver Spring, and Bethesda in the coming months.

In 1995 Chi-Chi’s had over 200 locations across the country. In MoCo, locations have previously existed in Lakeforest Mall and in Rockville (in Wintergreen Plaza in the location that later became Broadway/Ted’s 355 Diner and is currently Habit Burger and Jersey Mike’s).

Chi-Chi’s left the United States in 2004 when Outback Steakhouse purchased the 76 Chi-Chi’s properties for $42.5 million, but didn’t buy the name, operations, or recipes. This was a year after the company was with with the largest hepatitis A outbreak in U.S. history.

They later sold to Kimco, the development company that is responsible for the changes currently occurring in the Kentlands community. Now they belong to a Swiss Company that franchises Chi-Chi’s in Europe.

While the story of Chi-Chi’s demise in the United States is true, Chi-Chi’s return to MoCo is simply our April Fool’s Day joke this year. We hope you enjoyed!

Check out another one of our April Fool’s day jokes about the North Bethesda and North Potomac mayors coming to an agreement about a name change for both areas.



4 Comments on "Chi-Chi’s to Return to MoCo with Four Locations This Year (April Fool’s Day Joke)"

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  2. Blank you. I miss Chi-Chi. Thanks for the celebration of rude.

  3. Howard G (not comedian) | April 1, 2021 at 11:05 am | Reply

    THIS is an April fools day prank done right! Bravo and friggin hilarious!

  4. Knew it was a joke at first mention of Lakeforest, a dying mall.

  5. For the rest of the day I will be walking with a limp, thanks to MoCo Show. You got me!

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