what's in a name?

Our name, Chimayo, derives from the sacred location (pictured above) in New Mexico.  Situated in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the village of Chimayo, New Mexico is just 40 minutes from Santa Fe, along The High Road to Taos Scenic Byway. This special place is known for its beautiful historic church, but also features several weaving shops and delicious food.  El Santuario de Chimayo is known for its side chapel where the dirt floor is reputed to have healing powers. Every Good Friday, tens of thousands of pilgrims make their way to this “Lourdes of the Southwest". 

We have worked to ensure that when you step through our doors, our ambiance will transport you to this beautiful place. From festive lighting, wrought iron detail, Southwestern throw pillows in each booth and an authentic Mexican tile floor create this fabulous illusion.


CHEF ARTURO FLORES

Meet the master behind Chimayo’s delectable dishes

Arturo Flores is one of Bill White Enterprises’ longest-standing and most loyal employees. His career with the company and his first job in a kitchen began about 20 years ago, when he was hired to work at Grappa as a dishwasher.

Now the Executive Chef of Chimayo Southwestern Restaurant, Flores’ journey with the company, and as a chef, is an incredible story of success and dedication. Moving to the United States from Mexico in 1993 after completing law school, Flores originally thought he would return to Mexico after working and saving money for six months to pursue a career in law.

Photo by John Taylor

Photo by John Taylor

Realizing that his passion was not in the courts, but rather in the kitchen, Flores decided to follow his heart and make a more permanent move to the US. Advancing to the position of Food Runner at Grappa after a short time, Arturo Flores’ interest in food and cooking began to blossom. Flores was quickly promoted to Expeditor and Prep Chef.

During this time, Flores learned the basics of cooking, preparing sauces, plating food and expediting. Flores was brought on to work in White’s second restaurant venture, Chimayo Southwestern Restaurant, where he worked as an Expeditor and then Sous Chef before being promoted to Executive Chef in 2000.

His love for his job and for cooking inspire him to work fervently, ensuring that his kitchen runs flawlessly. Although he has had no formal culinary training, Flores describes his advancement as a chef and within the company as attendance at “the school of Bill White.” Working closely with White for over two decades, Flores has continually had the opportunity to learn from his boss everything from technique to blending flavors to working with new ingredients. When given the opportunity to work in the kitchen with White on parties and events, Flores says that this is still one of his favorite parts of his job. Ever passionate, Flores believes that cooking is “something from the heart.” He enjoys creating new dishes and making menu changes to utilize seasonal ingredients and keep everything fresh.


OUR COMPANY

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Bill White Enterprises
1918 Prospector Ave.
Park City, UT 84060

Bill White Farms
5373 Highway 224
Park City, UT 84098

Windy Ridge Cafe
1250 Iron Horse Dr.
Park City, UT 84060

Windy Ridge Bakery
1750 Iron Horse Dr.
Park City, UT 84060

Chimayo
368 Main Street
Park City, UT 84060

Ghidotti’s
6030 Market Street #100
Park City, UT 84098

Grappa
151 Main Street
Park City, UT 84060

Wahso
577 Main Street
Park City, UT 84060

Sushi Blue
1571 Redstone Center Dr. #140
 Park City, UT 84098

Billy Blanco’s
8208 Gorgoza Pines Rd.
 Park City, UT 84098

BILL WHITE ENTERPRISES

Our Company Properties + History

Grappa - Bill White opened Grappa in 1992. It was the restaurant that started Bill White Enterprises.  The building is over 100 years old and sits at the top of Main Street. It was home to a brothel, bed and breakfast, and a bar, to name a few. Grappa has three dining room floors and patios offering beautiful gardens and water features that highlight from five different levels. Grappa serves regional Italian food. Bill weaved his influences from abroad, and used his French Culinary influences to blend in the flavor and textures of Italy. We incorporated three important business factors that we use to this very day: Food, Service and Ambiance.  The next four years would prove a positive one, because it is then, in 1996, that we opened Chimayo Southwestern Restaurant.

Chimayo - Chimayo is located toward the middle of Main Street. It offers rustic décor that is reminiscent of Old World New Mexico and serves eclectic Spanish influenced food. The word “Chimayo” means “sacred place” and is designed after The Chimayo Mission in New Mexico. It is believed that the actual dirt from the mission has a healing power.

Windy Ridge Cafe - In 2002, we opened the Windy Ridge Café. The café has since become a favorite of Parkites around and offers a gourmet deli, bakery and café. The café serves lunch and dinner and has since become more popular than ever. The patio is also a summer highlight! The Windy Ridge Café is located on Ironhorse drive. In 2005, we finished the construction of our new Bakery and serve fresh bakery items, specialty cakes and soups. 

Ghidotti's - Also completed in 2005, Ghidotti’s Italian Restaurant was the next phase of our Restaurant Group. After over a decade of hard work, with great employees and the three factors, we stand as one of the most successful Restaurant Groups in Park City. An honor we share with each other each day.

Sushi Blue - In April 2012, we took over the lease of previous restaurant Hapa Grill, slightly reworked the menu, updated the kitchen, and decorated the interior. Sushi Blue has a variety of unique items from the fresh sushi items to the Kobe Beef Hot Dog and Korean Street Tacos. Sushi Blue took on a more casual atmosphere, while still upholding service standards within the company.

Billy Blanco's - In July of 2013, construction was completed on Billy Blanco’s Motor City Mexican. Blanco’s is located in Quarry Village, just off the Jeremy Ranch exit. Blanco’s offers an eclectic menu ranging from tacos and fajitas to fried chicken and burgers. It sports a casual atmosphere inspired by Bill’s hometown Detroit. From the original Graffiti, to Bill’s collection of motorcycles and cars.  Blanco’s take’s casual dining to a whole new level. 

Bill White Farms - Our farm is a non-profit 501-c3 set up to benefit the community.  We purpose to fund the ongoing operational expenses of the Farm through donations, the sale of Farm-raised products and hosting small events. The intent is for the Farm to become an integral part of both Park City and Summit County.  The Farm will provide a place where children and adults alike could come and learn ways to become more connected to their food, the environment and deepen their connection to the Earth.  People can have the opportunity to learn how they can produce items for their dinner table or to be able to purchase items that are grown locally.