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6/30/2010 8:21:00 AM
Chill Grill offers up fresh, mostly Mexican food in Black Canyon City
Owner Ronn White overcomes personal tragedies to stay in community
Ronn White cooks up some succulent Mexican fare at his Chihuahua Chill Grill in Black Canyon City.
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Ronn White cooks up some succulent Mexican fare at his Chihuahua Chill Grill in Black Canyon City.
BBNPhoto/Diana Baker
Diana Baker
Big Bug News

Potted palm trees, chili lights, colorful umbrellas, bistro tables and oldies music are all part of the festive atmosphere at the Chihuahua Chill Grill in Black Canyon City. The Chill Grill opened April 1 on the south end of the parking area of the Blue Mountain General Store.

Ronn White is owner and cook at the new portable take-out restaurant that specializes in Mexican food but offers $1 hot dogs and $3.50 hamburgers, too.

"Everything I cook is fresh everyday," White said. "And the kitchen is open to the public to anyone that wants to look. Nothing is frozen. The prices are very affordable and I will keep them that way for the community. I have five employees who are all local residents also."

White said the restaurant and the work involved have been a healing process for him.

"My wife, Lynne, and I had wanted to do this here in BCC for some time. Lynne was diagnosed with brain cancer in July 2009 and died Nov 5, 2009. I was going to pack up and leave town but family and friends urged me to stay, and Lynne had wanted this restaurant to happen," White said.

His wife's death was not the only life-changing event White experienced. His home and property were flooded during the January flood when the Agua Fria River surged out of its banks on the east side of BCC near the Squaw Valley River crossing.

"Actually, the flood is how I met Kelli Welch and her sister Pam, who are co-owners of Blue Mountain General Store," White continued. "I hadn't been able to find a location for the restaurant and this arrangement has worked out fine."

Welch agreed. "We are not in competition at all and it is working good for everyone."

White pointed out that he had to have the parking lot striped for vehicles and he also provides porta-potties for customers although it is not required for his type of business.

"My 13-year-old daughter Ally actually came up with the name for the restaurant," White said. Chihuahua Chill Grill bumper stickers featuring Lynne's Chihuahua Turbo are for sale also with all proceeds going to the Humane Society.

White said he has a culinary degree and grew up in the restaurant business back in New Hampshire where his family still operates an Italian restaurant.

The Chill Grill Hours are 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. Mon - Sat. Breakfast burritos are served from 6 - 10 a.m., including the Top Dog "Turbo" burrito.

"We are adding the evenings of Friday and Saturday from 6 - 9 p.m. for a fun 50s type drive-in atmosphere."

Chihuahua's Chill Grill and Blue Mountain also are sponsoring the new "Coffee and Cars" gathering on Saturday mornings from 6 - 9 a.m.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, March 18, 2013
Article comment by: Grady Dillon as Tiny

I Use to work with ron when he drove his water truck Congradulations buddy your doing well see you soon .

Posted: Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Article comment by: Debbie Kalcich

I was there last winter and springtime. I can't wait to get back to have some of Ron's food! What a great place to have right next door, to my winter haven!

Posted: Saturday, July 31, 2010
Article comment by: Keith and Colleen Johnson

Love the article....we are so proud of you Ronn. We can't wait to come out to Black Canyon City someday and try some really great food. Lynn would be so proud of you, just as we are.
Keith and Colleen
Milford NH

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