Chef Luna Contreras, a Mexican native, oversaw two highly praised Mexican restaurants in San Francisco; Mamacita and Padrecito. After having visited Portland for years she made the move to the Pacific Northwest in 2015, in hopes of opening a restaurant and forming part of the community. Since then she’s received accolades from reviews to pieces on identity with Eater, Portland Monthly, The Oregonian and Portland Mercury. Luna continues to be an active member of the community through endless fundraising efforts from Taste PDX, Roux Portland, as well as by continued positive awareness of transgender beings at Feast Portland. Luna has fought most of her life affirming and embracing her true identity. This continued journey brings a renewed passion to the approach of staying humble, honest, and real. A proud transgender woman, Luna, currently operates the roving pop-up Chelo with bartender Michelle Ruocco and most recently launched a small batch condiment line into select retailers in Portland and Seattle.
Chelo at heart is a “cenaduria”. A “fonda” that is a central meeting ground for all, offering “comida corrida” highlighting street style snacks, pastries, seasonal Mexican cuisine and whimsical professionally crafted libations. Inspiration comes from the foundation established by Luna’s grandmother’s restaurant in a small “colonia” in Guadalajara, Jalisco. We take great pride in our cuisine and work closely with local purveyors here in the Pacific Northwest. Utilizing the bounty of Oregon and Southwest Washington farms we only use the best ingredients to carefully prepare our dishes.