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La Fonda on Wilshire

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The Los Angeles Treasure "LA FONDA" has officially re-opened. Historically known for being the first restaurant in the US to incorporate live mariachi musical performances with sit-down dining and simultaneously revolutionize the genre in Los Angeles; La Fonda is back with the same soul and under new ownership. Founded in 1969 by Natividad "Nati" Cano, a musician whose own Los Camperos mariachi band became synonymous with the restaurant, La Fonda continues to carry on the legacy of a Mexican genre with roots as deep as food itself. La Fonda remains on Wilshire Boulevard as an LA landmark and a nostalgic reminder of the fusion of folkloric music tradition and the Mexican dining experience. Though Cano has transitioned out of his Wilshire entrenchment, new La Fonda owners purchased the 1932 Spanish style restaurant in order to preserve a small piece of history and continue to carry on the legacy of Mexican culture in Los Angeles. Their goal is to see La Fonda evolve with its newly revamped surroundings without ever losing the heartbeat of the restaurant—mariachi music. Diners are encouraged to socialize and lounge while listening to authentic music and indulging in traditional Mexican faire provided by Executive Chef Martin Garcia, who has been recognized for his culinary talents throughtout the country. Nightly live performances EVERY night: Mondays - "Ellas Don" - a 10 piece female enssemble who will leave you wanting more, Tuesdays - "Teo Franco y su Trio San Pedro", bring you the perfect setting for a romantic and relaxing evening. provided by Mariachi Monumental de America Wednesday through Sunday, La Fonda’s new in-house ensemble, exudes a youthful energy that maintains a classic sound, which has captivated audiences throughout the U.S. Directed by Juan Jose Almaguer, Artistic Director of Plaza de la Raza’s Student Mariachi Program and former string leader of Los Camperos de Nati Cano, Monumental de America is a perfect blend of veteran masters and rising young talent. Having toured with masters Luis Miguel, Vicente Fernandez and Alejandro Fernandez, this group provides the perfect soundtrack for your dining experience. Preserving its old-school charm, La Fonda attracts young and old, musically inclined and mariachi curious. Patrons come from all over the world to taste and hear cultura all in one serving. The restaurant is proud to now be open for 7 days a week for dinner, Monday through Friday for Lunch beginning at 11am and Sunday for Brunch starting at 10:00am.with a daily happy hour between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m and ALL day Happy Hour Mondays and Tuesdays. With a huge emphasis placed on community building and involvement, La Fonda will soon unveil the creation of the Entertainment and Cultural Center. This center will incorporate La Fonda Restaurant, Mariachi Monumental de America, Ballet Folklorico of La Fonda. Rotating Art Shows, The Hayworth theatre in conjunction with Rick Najera's Latinologues 2TU and various schools within Los Anhgeles Unified School District where La Fonda will team up with children of Charles White Elementary and planting and gardening program, within that conjunction we will also create the very first All-City Mariachi Group