The Chula's Story
When an opportunity presents itself, you just have to seize it.
Chef Daniel Viorato was looking for a new restaurant where his unique style of cooking could be featured. The recently closed down Mission Restaurant was available, so he approached Erin Pelayo about it. He wanted to make his mark as a chef, but he knew he needed Erin’s expertise as a restaurateur to make that happen. After a lot of thought, Erin, with the encouragement of her daughter, Gabby, realized the empty Mission Restaurant had a fantastic location with huge potential to be successful. It was a truly a leap of faith for both of them as the unique opportunity was seized and Chula’s Restaurant and Cantina was born.
After doing an extensive remodel of the interior including ripping out all of the walls, installing new plumbing, new HVAC, a ton of electrical rewiring, plus giving the building a new coat of paint (we love our bright exterior), all in just seven weeks allowed Chula’s to open in October of 2015.
Offering a simple menu of flavorful comfort food and plenty of happy hour specials, we waited for our customers to come in and give us their reviews. Chula’s was a hit!