Mario Lopez has a new delivery-only restaurant that has arrived in Chicago.
The latest celebrity-fronted ghost kitchen features a name known to lovers of Chicago’s pop-up scene. Mario Lopez, the actor who portrays A.C. Slater on TV’s Saved by the Bell, is the face behind a new delivery-only Mexican restaurant called Mario’s Tortas Lopez. Lopez is treading close to Chicago chef Rick Bayless’ territory (not to mention the plethora of Mexican torta makers in town). Coincidentally, Bayless and his partners at Jollibee this week reopened their collaboration—Tortazo— for dine-in service at the Willis Tower.
Lopez, who also hosts Access Hollywood, is next in a line of celebrity endorsers with delivery-only restaurants, a list that includes Guy Fieri,Wiz Khalifa, with Mariah Carey upcoming. A news release makes it clear that Lopez and LA chef Eric Greenspan — a Food Network regular who specializes in ghost kitchens — created the recipes for Mario’s Tortas Lopez. Look for beef barbacoa, chorizo & egg, grilled chicken, pork carnitas, chile relleno, and vegan chorizo tortas and bowls.
Sounds good! Will you try it?