LOS ANGELES – The founding father of a well-liked and iconic San Fernando Valley restaurant has died, his household introduced.
Rafael “Ray” Vega, the founding father of Casa Vega Restaurant in Sherman Oaks “died peacefully” on Sunday. He was 86.
He immigrated together with his mother and father from Tijuana, Mexico with a dream of opening a restaurant in Los Angeles.
His dream got here true when he, alongside together with his mother and father, opened a restaurant on the historic Olvera Avenue in downtown LA. He then opened his personal enterprise and based Casa Vega positioned on Ventura Boulevard in 1956 when he was 22-years-old.
Vega additionally opened quite a few different companies in California and Nevada.
The household custom continues as his daughter, Christina “Christy” Vega, presently runs the favored eatery.
“For my total life, every time I walked right into a room, he acquired so excited, smiled from ear-to-ear and all the time gave me the most important hugs (by no means letting go.) He taught me how one can work exhausting, snort exhausting, dance up a storm, cook dinner on your family members, to be a robust individual and most importantly- how one can have FUN,” she stated in a heartfelt Instagram publish on her father’s passing.
Because of native coronavirus tips that prohibit all in-person eating, she has determined to maintain the restaurant closed till indoor and outside eating is allowed by well being officers.
Casa Vega was one of many many Los Angeles eating places that shifted its operations outside to adjust to COVID-19 tips that banned indoor eating. Now, eating places are restricted to providing supply and take-out companies solely. The coverage went into impact in November and has not been lifted amid a continued surge in COVID-19 circumstances and deaths in Southern California.
Casa Vega launched the next assertion on their choice to maintain doorways closed right now:
“Sadly, we can not rely on our authorities to assist small companies so we should defend ourselves till we are able to rise once more and do what we do greatest serving clients at our tables and bars.”
“Ray is survived by his spouse Charleen and youngsters Kelly, Robbie and Christina. The Vega Household will proceed to hold on his legacy,” the household stated on social media.