Dining Dynasties: 5 Things to Know About the Paterfamilias of O.C. El Cholos and The Cannery

Ron Salisbury

1. By hooking The Cannery in 2000, he saved the 97-year-old Newport Beach landmark from developers intent on filling the site with waterfront condos.

2. Five of his offspring work in his empire. The group employs 600 people.

3. Salisbury visits at least one of the restaurants daily, chosen at random. “I just point the car and visit,” he says. The No. 2 combo is his default El Cholo order.

4. His grandparents founded El Cholo in 1923 near the L.A. Coliseum. He broke off on his own in La Habra in 1962, slowly converting the tired La Habra Inn to an El Cholo.

5. Louie’s by the Bay is a nod to the late celebrated athlete and WWII warrior Louis Zamperini, who used to babysit Salisbury and became a lifelong friend and inspiration.

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