Guillermo Castellanas got here to america in 1982 and commenced his profession by opening a meat market in Cathedral Metropolis. Because of onerous work and perseverance, he was capable of understand his dream 15 years in the past in Palm Desert, by opening the Guadalajara Cafe, which boasts “genuine Mexican meals from scratch” from his mom’s recipes.
He by no means imagined the day would come when he is perhaps compelled to shut down attributable to a pandemic.
Regardless of being confined to a wheelchair following a latest stroke, Castellanas and his spouse, Rocio Ruiz, had been decided to discover a technique to keep open so as to maintain their workers of seven — a number of of who’ve households — employed. Their staff are like household to them. Their purpose was to construct a fenced-in patio that might permit them to serve meals exterior — however makes an attempt to acquire funding or safe a small mortgage weren’t profitable.
Then alongside got here a guardian angel within the type of Cody Carlson.
As Carlson listened in to a latest Palm Desert Metropolis Council assembly through Zoom, he heard of the denial and the Castellanases’ plight. A loyal buyer of the café, he jumped into motion by calling mates, and collectively they rallied to gather the cash crucial to organize the surface for eating.
On Saturday, Nov. 15, a test to cowl the price of a fringe fence was introduced to a smiling Castallenas and his spouse. The pair had been thrilled to have the ability to keep open and maintain their devoted staff at work.
And now, because of the generosity of Carlson and Vacation Rental Owners and Neighbors of Palm Desert (VRON-PD), a Palm Desert-based short-term-rental advocacy group, Guadalajara Cafe will stay open and proceed serving Castellana’s mom’s shrimp enchiladas and different dishes from his hometown in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Guadalajara Cafe is positioned at 74478 Freeway 111 and can quickly have an outside patio obtainable for eating whereas social distancing. Within the meantime, takeout is offered. For extra data, name (760) 773-5767 or go to guadalajara-cafe.com.
Carole Stephen-Smith has lived within the desert for greater than 30 years. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, she started writing in London and has been an everyday contributor to The Desert Solar for six years.