Chi-Chi’s Mexican Restaurante opens, 1984

Sept. 5, 1984


Mike Swanson (left) is interviewed by Candy Pilon, service manager for Chi-Chi’s, at the Government Service Center in Duluth in this Sept. 5, 1984, photo. (Chuck Curtis / News-Tribune)

Chi-Chi’s Mexican Restaurante opened Oct. 4, 1984, in the Fitger’s Brewery Complex in Duluth.

The restaurant closed Sept. 19, 2004, 15 days shy of its 20th anniversary.

Nearly 200 people applied for jobs before the restaurant opened, according to a 1984 News Tribune story.

Baja Billy’s currently occupies the space where Chi-Chi’s used to reside.


Scott Solomon, restaurant trainer from St. Paul, wipes a table clean at the new Chi-Chi’s restaurant in the Fitger’s Brewery Complex in this Oct. 4, 1984, photo. (Bob King / News-Tribune)


Michael Davis, manager of Chi-Chi’s Mexican Restaurante, appears in this Oct. 10, 1984, photo. The restaurant seats 210 people. (Bob King / News-Tribune)

3 thoughts on “Chi-Chi’s Mexican Restaurante opens, 1984

  1. The fried ice cream was incredible. I also enjoyed eating softshells directly out of the container.

  2. I miss the chimichangas and the fried ice cream. I know they miss me, too. Come back, Chi Chi’s!

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