The Lodge originally opened in 1934 as the Judson School for Girls, and was converted into a restaurant and pub three years later. Former owner Joe Miller started bartending at El Chorro in the fifties, eventually buying the place in 1973. Local philanthropist Jacquie Dorrance picked up the property just one month after Miller announced his retirement last May.
Good thing she did. According to operating partner Kristy Moore, a local woman credited El Chorro as "the backdrop of her life," while another man said his entire world was crumbling when he heard of the restaurant's closure. He wasn't the only one.