Christina “Christy” Vega, the spirited, talented, and dynamic owner of Casa Vega, was born in Burbank, CA, in 1977 to a long line restaurateurs. Her grandparents, who immigrated to Southern California from Tijuana, Mexico, in the late 1930’s, were the proprietors of Café Caliente, a famous nightclub and restaurant that thrived for 18 years on Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles. Her father, Rafael Vega, followed in the family footsteps and opened Casa Vega in 1956 in Sherman Oaks, CA at the young age of 22, establishing what became a well-known hangout for celebrities like Carey Grant and Marlon Brando. Following her father, Christy has taken the restaurant reins to ensure that Casa Vega remains a Los Angeles landmark for generations to come.
After college at the age of 22, the same age her father opened Casa Vega, Christy moved back to Los Angeles to learn the ropes of her family’s oldest business. She grew up learning about the restaurant industry, so it was only natural for her to continue the family’s footsteps. 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. Working in the kitchen provides her with an opportunity to interact with the back of the house while doing something she loves- cooking. She has worked tirelessly to continue the restaurant’s traditions while also modernizing its operations. She has made upgrades to the décor and other areas of the restaurant while retaining it’s spirit and has modernized some of the menu, including, upgrading all of the food products.
Outside the restaurant Christy brings the Casa Vega spirit home. She lives close to the restaurant with her husband, Ryan, and four sons, Jackson, Palmer, Ryan Jr. and Cruz. They regularly host family and friends at their house with outdoor entertaining areas. Christy loves to cook, entertain, and socialize, and makes sure that her home has the same sense of community as the restaurant.
In 2010, Christy was named one of the “Top 40 under 40” business professionals by the San Fernando Business Journal. She has also appeared five times on NBC’s “TODAY” Show, CBS’s “This Morning”, ABC’s “The View”, Bravo’s “Flipping Out”, the “Rachel Ray” show and is a reoccurring judge on Food Network’s “Guy’s Grocery Games.”