Karla Vasquez was born in El Salvador and raised in Los Angeles. Since the age of 16 Karla has had a passion for the arts. At 16 she put herself through trade school with The Gemological Institute of America and became a Gemologist and at the age of 18, Karla married Art Vasquez.
In 2001, Karla and Art received the news that Art’s Mom, Roselia “Chela”, had leukemia. After spending only 20 days in the hospital without the chance to fight and receive chemo treatments she lost her battle to cancer. Though Karla may not have known it at the time, Chela’s memory would live on in a very important way.
To keep the spirit of Chela’s love alive they did it the best way you can, through food. They created a casual, fresh, and inviting restaurant that would represent Chela and there Michoacán style recipes.
At that time Karla didn’t have any restaurant experience, just passion and tenacity. Her love of cooking and family was what would bring Chela’s Restaurant to life. In March 2011 Chela’s Mexican Grill opened.
Because of Karla Vasquez determination, Chela’s Mexican Grill is celebrating 9 years. This awarded restaurant has won Top 3 Best Tacos of OC in Orange Coast Magazine. Karla and her husband genuinely love feeding people and when you feed someone you give them a piece of your heart.