We had the good fortune of connecting with Victor and Misty Villarreal and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Victor and Misty, how do you think about risk?
I think risk are a necessary thing for diving into any type of business. Through out my career. Being scared of the possibilities and risk. Trusting myself to work through them, helped me adjust into a ownership role. My wife and business partner Misty has a similar view on life, us both being in the service industry for most of our lives helps us to trust each other in decisionsAlright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Well I actually got back into cooking 12 yrs ago after a 6 year hiatus. I was 26 and wanted to become a proper Chef. I had worked I restaurants since I was 15, but changed careers during my 1st marriage. Being 26 and going into fine dining was nerve racking. The refinement, dedication, and passion it takes to cook at a high level taught me alot about myself. La Onda will be Latin inspired craft cocktails, Seafood, and Caviar bar. We will focus on local Texas Produce and the freshest sustainable seafood around the globe. Food will be Technique driven focusing on Dry Aging, Cold Smoked, and Raw Preparation. Cocktails will focus on South American and Mexican spirits. As well as fresh juices and a Agua Fresca menuIf you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We LOVE supporting local and support as much as you can. My favorite restaurant in town hands down is Four Sisters. Tuan and crew do an absolute great job. Tinies from Sarah Castillo is a gem. For lunch, tacos from Mariachi’s Dine In or Fried Chicken at Tributary Cafe, and the pizza from Zalats is WONDERFUL!! I love my craft cocktails so Proper, The Usual are favorites. And I love my friends at Low Key Tavern and Bodega West 7th with Chas and Drew. Good people. For the best craft beers the Beer Guy Shawn Howell at South Side Cellars can find a beer for your tasting pleasure. I can go on. But Fort Worth really has become a beacon for people who make food well and with passion.Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I know we definitely would like to thank our families for being by our sides and helping out. We owe them alot and couldn’t have done this without them. Definitely wanna thank the city of Fort Worth and everyone who has supported both of us throughout our careers. To my Chef mentor Pedro Castrejon and all my Chefs. I can only hope I do yall justice and make yall proud. And to my father. I love you and wish you were alive to have seen this.
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