Casa Domenech officially opens at LCS with a grand party
After 5 years in a small, but beloved space in West Ajijic, the popular restaurant/music venue now spreads its wings at the Lake Chapala Society campus in Ajijic
Casa D owner Ray Domenech and long-time fan celebrate the Grand Opening of Casa D LCS.
Patrick O’Heffernan (Ajijic JAL). It’s official! The new, improved and larger Casa Domenech launched at the Lake Chapala Society with a packed – but Covid safe – Grand Opening Saturday. The community Ray Domenech has built for years around his original location – fans and musicians – turned out in force.
Casa Domenech is now in the space at the LCS formerly known as Angelina’s which was operated by Ray Domenech for lunch and breakfast. Casa Domenech is now open for breakfast lunch and dinner and features music most days for lunch and dinner.
The Grand Opening followed a short “break-in” period in which Casa D was open for food and music but had not yet been officially inaugurated. Ray Domenech wanted to make sure the operation was smoothed out and working perfectly, which it was by Opening Night. The celebration also showcased the advantage of moving Casa D from its original location in a small restaurant in West Ajijic to LCS where seating was outdoors and could spread beyond the immediate restaurant into the adjacent courtyard.
“I love the new space where we can continue to create food, music and community like we have for five years, only with more people. Many thanks to LCS for inviting us,” Domenech told Laguna.
According to Domenech, he can produce events for well over a hundred people at LCS. And the different seating locations give diners the option of being close to the music, or far away for conversation. And of course, special events like the recent Casa Domenech 5th Anniversary party in the LCS courtyard are always possible.
Music was in abundance, headlined by the Aloha Rock band and joined by the duo Old Souls – Scott Henrich and Yvonne Watterson, singer Barbara Sangrey and folksingers Mike and Terrie. And of course Ray Domenech sat in with his guitar whenever he could.
Casa D at LS is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dinner served at 4:30 pm until 8 pm. Enter through the library entrance to LCS for dinner.