By Lonnie Huhman,
The atmosphere in Chela’s Restaurant and Taqueria on the day of their ribbon cutting was fun and exciting with a lot of great food.
With a Mariachi band playing for the customers, Chela’s owners Adrian and Lori Iraola welcomed in the Dexter community to see what they are all about. A variety of people was there, from customers who did not know about the ribbon cutting to local officials and residents, chamber of commerce and business people wanting to welcome Chela’s.
The restaurant at 7065 Dexter Ann Arbor Road in Dexter has been serving food for the past couple of weeks, starting with a soft opening, but Nov. 30, was a way for the Dexter Area Chamber to recognize the work and effort put into the restaurant the past year so the new spot in Dexter could open.
“We’re excited,” the Iraolas said.
“We’ve had such a warm reception from the people of Dexter,” Adrian said.
The interior of the restantant has been remodeled with a lot of it done by the team at Chela’s. It looks great with décor, such as the fresco mural of the harvesting of agave for tequila and a fantastic bar area with seating and televisions, and a dining room from front to back.
This is the first, full-service, sit down restaurant for Chela’s, which has two other locations in Ann Arbor.
The menu for lunch is very much the same as the Ann Abor Chela’s, which is designed to provide quick, easy and delicison options for people at work and getting carryout. The dinner menu is expanded, featuring such things as fajitas.
Both menus have the tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tamales, side dishes and much more that have made Chela’s a well-loved Mexican restaurant in Ann Arbor. With a bar, the menu also features drinks, including their Margaritas.
Adrian said they pride themselves on offering an authentic experience, from the food, service and atmosphere. He said they serve dishes with fresh ingredients, which includes making their own salsa.
Lori said they work to hard fulfill their mission, which is to serve the best food each time. For Adrian that mission means serving, “real food.”
They said they are a family business, so it’s important to them. Adrian said they like to connect and educate through their food, and aim to be unique.
“We like to share a piece of our Latin culture, our Mexican culture,” he said.
Lori agreed and added, “This is a great place for us to do that and we’re excited to welcome in the Dexter community.”
The Chela’s ownership and management team said they listened to customers at their Maple Road location as they contemplated coming to Dexter, many of which were from Dexter. Enrique Aquino, who is part of the Chela’s team, said they love the community.
Aquino said they are still looking for staffing help on this new venture. He said it’s an exciting time to be part of this.
They call Chela’s a little taste of Mexico for Dexter and the surrounding communities.
Chela’s can be reached at 734-580-2149, in the Dexter Crossing Shopping Center at 7065 Dexter Ann Arbor Road and are open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. More information, including menus, can be found at their website and Facebook.