New Mexican restaurant in Chelan

Paul Lopez Olguin alongside his mom Rosa inside the Fonda Oaxaqueña in Chelan.

Second location opens in Chelan
Fonda Oaxaqueña: A taste of Southern Mexico

CHELAN – Six years ago in East Wenatchee the Olguin Sarabia family began their journey in the food industry when they opened the very first Fonda Oaxaqueña.
The family-run business focuses on serving authentic food from southern Mexico. Fonda Oaxaqueña features traditional dishes from Oaxaca, which incorporate a variety of flavors. Their mole and hand-made tortillas along with carne asada are a few of the house specials. The business rapidly seemed to attract people’s attention and started to flourish. “In the back of our minds our idea was to expand the business if it worked out,” said owner Paul Lopez Olguin.
The opportunity to come to Chelan opened up. While doing some research the family found that the town was growing and more food options were needed for locals and tourists. “We wanted to be that one more option for the town. In December of 2018, we started working and preparing the restaurant,” explained Lopez as to how everything got started with a second location.
Fonda Oaxaqueña held a ribbon cutting ceremony in May which officially inaugurated the restaurant. So far, a lot of people have stopped by the new restaurant to dine in and have had nothing but positive feedback for the family. “The family is very happy, everyone has been welcoming us to town. The atmosphere is friendly and they all wish us well,” said Lopez.
Local business owners have also taken the time to stop by and welcome their new colleagues. “They have given us advice and have said to us to prepare for the summertime because it gets crazy,” Lopez mentioned. At the moment, there are 11 employees working at the Fonda.
Fonda Oaxaqueña, located on 127 E. Johnson Ave., is open Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. “On Sundays we serve Mexican breakfast items such as Huevos Rancheros, Huevos a la Mexicana and much more,” said Lopez. To-go orders call (509) 888-9681. Visit for a list of menu items. 

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