Casa Vega is a family-owned Mexican restaurant that has been a San Fernando Valley fixture for 55 years. Opened in 1956, by Rafael “Ray” Vega who was inspired to open the restaurant after the success of his parents’ 1930s downtown Los Angeles hot spot located on Olvera Street, Café Caliente.
Casa Vega serves authentic, delicious food and drinks in a warm, festive atmosphere. It is a Los Angeles landmark that continues to inspire generations of diners from neighborhood residents and Southern California visitors to Hollywood celebrities.
Casa Vega, now with Ray’s daughter Christina “Christy” Vega at the helm, prides itself on only serving the finest and freshest ingredients to their guests. From delectable Mexican dishes such as traditional Chicken Mole, Burritos, Enchiladas, and Tostadas to tasty house-made margaritas and mojitos, Casa Vega’s extensive menu has the ability to please any type of palate.
Christina “Christy” Vega, owner of Casa Vega, was born in Burbank, CA, in 1977 to a long line of restaurateurs. Her grandparents, who immigrated to Southern California from Tijuana, Mexico in the late 1930s, were the proprietors of Café Caliente, a famous nightclub and restaurant that thrived for years on Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles. Following her father, Christy has taken the restaurant reins to ensure that Casa Vega remains a Los Angeles landmark for generations to come.
After obtaining a B.S. in business administration and economics from Saint Mary’s College of California in Northern California in 1999, Christy moved back to Los Angeles to learn the ropes of her family’s oldest business.
Christy returned to Los Angeles at age 22, the same age her father opened Casa Vega. Since then, she has worked every aspect and position of the restaurant, including back office, on the floor, as well as spent a great deal of time in the kitchen. Christy loves to jump in the kitchen to carefully recreate her family’s recipes that have been passed down through the generations.
She has now been at Casa Vega for more than 10 years and has worked tirelessly to continue the restaurant’s traditions while also modernizing its operations. Casa Vega now serves cage-free all-natural chicken, all-natural Angus beef, Tiger & Bay shrimp, Maine lobster, and 100% Canadian crab.
Outside the restaurant Christy brings the Casa Vega spirit home. She lives just a few miles from the restaurant with her husband and three sons.
In 2010, Christy was named one of the “Top 40 under 40” business professionals by the San Fernando Business Journal. She has also appeared in several segments on NBC’s “TODAY” Show, CBS’s “This Morning,” and the “Rachael Ray” show, and was prominently featured in the restaurant’s remodeling segment of Bravo’s “Flipping Out”.