Smothered: The Saga of the Chubby's Empire

Family matriarch Stella Cordova spills the beans on the Chubby's restaurant empire.

She listens to Danny — and to Julian, who comes over almost every day now to update her on the legal proceedings. And she tries to say no to her great-grandchildren, who hit her up for cash for DVDs (not going so well, she reports).

But what she most enjoys is working at Chubby's.

Mark Manger
Danny Cordova runs the original Chubby's restaurant on 38th Avenue.
Mark Manger
Danny Cordova runs the original Chubby's restaurant on 38th Avenue.

So tonight Stella Cordova will head over to 38th and Lipan around 6 p.m. as she always does, and she'll sit behind the counter, right next to the register; she'll stuff $100 bills into her lockbox, and she'll watch her Chubby's feed a city.

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