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Reminisce

Utica, NY

#1 Apr 12, 2011
Anyone remember this place or why/when it shut down? I heard it was family issues. I remember it being very successful and the food was really well prepared. Just a random question. Let me know your memories of it.
rosi

Minoa, NY

#2 Apr 12, 2011
i worked for the uvanni family for 21 years. dick and kevin uvanni ran the place. kevins son mikey got killed in iraq in oct of 2004, he closed the place in sept of 2005, and his father reopened it in 06, kevin had leukemia and had bone marrow transplant in dec. of 06 and he died in april of 07 . his father passed away in aug. of 07, and now el chicos is for sale. the food was great, customers were great and i miss it more and more everyday, kevin, dick, and mikey are on my mimd everysingle day. we had great times, may they rest in peace. any more ????"s llet me know i will be happy to answer them for you!
good times

Jamesville, NY

#3 Apr 12, 2011
I remember banging a hot dark haired waitress in the bathroom many years ago (1980s). that chick was freaky. ahh the memories...
Reminisce

Utica, NY

#4 Apr 12, 2011
Thanks Rosi. That's really sad all that tragedy. I hope if someone buys the place they honor it and make a come back.
why you so stupid

New York, NY

#5 Apr 12, 2011
El chico's was a great resturant/bar, def good food. The owners were good ppl too. Kinda miss the place
rosi

Minoa, NY

#6 Apr 13, 2011
gee i wonder what her name was? i was there at the time but i know it wasn't me lol we had a lot of good times there party every weekend it was my life for 21 yrs. i loved it !!!!! never forget!!!!
Leesa

Saranac Lake, NY

#7 Apr 13, 2011
Reminisce wrote:
Anyone remember this place or why/when it shut down? I heard it was family issues. I remember it being very successful and the food was really well prepared. Just a random question. Let me know your memories of it.
My husband and I met there almost 7 years ago and we're still together. I'll never forget El Chico's. We went to Roadhouse whatever the name of it was after El Chico's and were not impressed.
Loved The Place

Utica, NY

#8 Apr 13, 2011
On your birthday the guy tending bar would play Happy Birthday on the bottles with spoons I think, for you. Who was that guy? People were so nice there. Food was great too.
rosi

Minoa, NY

#9 Apr 13, 2011
oh yeah he played the bottles for everyone!! that guy was kevin uvanni the owner. one time iwas working for him he went on a weekend bowling trip so i would close for him and it was somebodys b-day and i would play the bottles i just banged onthem no body noticed the difference it was fuuny!!!!! good food, great people, and great times had by all!!!
ohlala

Long Eddy, NY

#10 Apr 13, 2011
I don't have many stories but I went there before Junior Prom many many many many years ago and loved it. Great food and great people
Mangino

Utica, NY

#12 Apr 14, 2011
I can't believe more people aren't answerin this post! El Chicos was the best. I loved it. I hope they reopen some day. The location is nice to. Too far for all the riff raff to walk to!
Roger that

Utica, NY

#13 Apr 14, 2011
Yeah no riff raff there. I loved the place, it was always peaceful. I mean we had a hell of a time but there was no negativity. I mean look at these bars now. Cop cars ten deep. We need a place out of the way like that where an older croud can go without havin to worry about a little kid startin a fist fight over nothin.
rosi

Minoa, NY

#14 Apr 14, 2011
hey kevin didn't put up w/ no sh$$$$t! that's for sure. i remember one time some guy at the bar took a line of coke and put it on the bar and kevin jumped over that bar and threw his a$$$$ out! thats one thing he didn't have to put up with! don't get me wrong nobody partied like he did , but no drugs in his place!!!!
he was brougt in the business. people came from all over to see him and his antics he used to torment me and he was so funny! he is missed so much!!!
never again

West Leyden, NY

#15 Apr 14, 2011
bars on that street will never exist again you can thank the cops for that . elchicos will be just a memory now like the driftwood bogie and talericos . martin street was a great place in the day now its a auto repair street with the dirty country kitchen restaurant . maybe a little daytime diner would be ok breakfast and lunch someone should try that they would put the country kitchen out for sure .
Mr Big

Hamilton, NY

#16 Apr 14, 2011
Leesa wrote:
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My husband and I met there almost 7 years ago and we're still together. I'll never forget El Chico's. We went to Roadhouse whatever the name of it was after El Chico's and were not impressed.
I remember I met a girl with the name leesa spelled weird like that at chico's. funny night. she had a labia ring and my prince albert ended up getting stuck on it. the EMTs couldn't stop laughing. i'll never forget that unicorn tat on her right hand.
rosi

Minoa, NY

#17 Apr 14, 2011
i have so many stories i could write a book and it would be a best seller!! they were wonderful people to work for. i used to tell kevin i can't believe i get paid to have so much fun and drink too! lol
Audry

Sherburne, NY

#18 Apr 14, 2011
Loved The Place wrote:
On your birthday the guy tending bar would play Happy Birthday on the bottles with spoons I think, for you. Who was that guy? People were so nice there. Food was great too.
It was Kevin Uvanni playing the 'birthday spoon song'
rosi

Minoa, NY

#19 Apr 15, 2011
yes audry it was no one could play as good as he did! miss him sooooooooooooo much!
YEAH

Utica, NY

#20 Apr 18, 2011
Yeah I loved it there. I always see restaurants poppin up why doesn't someone that worked there like Rosi reopen it? It did good business from what I saw.
Blondie

Burnt Hills, NY

#21 Apr 18, 2011
I worked there in the dining room in the 80's for 3 yrs and it was the best first job I could have ever had..Kevin was like my father away from home..He watched over me and protected me, he was great. I babysat for his stepson Mikey everyweek while he and Janet worked on her late night. It was a terrible tragedy what happened to Mikey. and then to loose Kevin and Dick 2 yrs later. I feel for Janet everyday for loosing her son & husband, I was there when kevin & Janet married they were very happy.Elchico's will never be the same, They made the place. That place was packed back in the 80's people wold wait to be served for an hr or more on a Friday/Saturday night. It is all just a good memory now. One I will never forget. I meet alot of great people there.

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