JIMMY & GERI VARGAS
Our Mission Statement: to provide a friendly and inviting atmosphere for all guests to eat, drink and enjoy the company of our neighbors. We aim to combine hospitality and culinary excellence, by featuring homemade meals, as well as local craft beer and wine.
DINNER ONLY HOURS:
LARGE PARTY OR SMALL, GIVE US A CALL! 805-819-0052
There is nothing like going to a place and when you walk in, everyone knows your name and treats you like your family. A place to end the day with some great company and friendly conversation. A place that reminds you of why you live in this little town in the first place. We want to give everyone that walks through the front door, the best experience that we possibly can. We hope to see you soon!
Since I was a little guy, I always dreamed of big things and what I could do to make things better for myself. When I was growing up, we didn't have extravagant possessions and we lived a simple life. Most of my childhood memories are of playing baseball and football in the youth leagues here in Lompoc, The Flower Festival, and of course the awesome BBQ's at someones house or at one of the local parks. Those were wonderful memories of when Lompoc was a close knit community and everyone knew everyone! As I grew older and our family dynamic changed, I realized that there are certain things a person has to do in order to be successful in life, and so realizing that I needed to make a change in my personal situation, I joined the US Army. I didn't know what I was getting myself into, but I soon realized that I had made the right decision. I served my country with Dignity and with Honor, but after several years I felt it was time to make another change, so I left the military to pursue a career in the Aerospace Industry. You ask how does this relate to owning a restaurant, well this is where things kind of started to make sense for me. Throughout my previous years I had worked in the restaurant industry as a young man, prior to joining the military, and it was at my last duty station in the Army where I found a little family owned restaurant that reminded me of the Jetty Restaurant here in Lompoc, (my first restaurant job). I was looking for a second job while serving my country and that is when I met Pat and Nancy Hughes, the owners of the The Mesquite Tree Restaurant in Sierra Vista AZ. I started off as just a line cook for them but as time progressed, they asked me to take on more responsibility and I eagerly accepted. It is during this time of my life where I realized that this is what I wanted to do with my life, become an owner-operator of my own restaurant someday. One of the things that drew me to this conclusion was that Pat and Nancy promoted a family type environment for their employee's, (something I could relate to), which made me enjoy my employment with them even that much more. They treated us all like we were part of their family, and they taught me that providing a friendly and inviting atmosphere for the customers was key to the success of a restaurant. I spent about 4 years working for this wonderful family and enjoyed every minute of it! As I decided to leave the military, I accepted a job with a major defense company and sadly had to end my employment with The Mesquite Tree Restaurant. Now fast forward some 18+ years and I find myself back in Lompoc, where my life began, where my wife Geri and I decided that it was time to lay down some roots. We had talked about starting our own restaurant for quite some time and an opportunity presented itself. We felt it was the right time for us to fill a void in our little town of Lompoc CA, and the 805 ChopHouse was born. We knew that we wanted to provide a place in town where people could come and enjoy a great experience amongst family and friends, because that's what you are here at the 805 Chop House! Our desire is to be a part of this community and become a place that makes you feel like family. We are very excited to serve our community and we look forward to greeting you at the front door.
Chef Vilay studied and received her Culinary Arts Degree from the International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California, Los Angeles. Some of the skills she acquired in her training include, Fundamentals and Classic Techniques, Garde Manger, Baking and Pastries. Upon graduation from The Art Institute, Chef Vilay was employed by Eco Caters of Los Angeles and worked her way up to Sous Chef. After spending several years at Eco Caters, she then moved to Las Vegas and worked under world renown Chef Thomas Keller, Owner of Bouchon Bistro, fine French Cuisine. After spending some time working under Chef Thomas Keller, Vilay decided she wanted to return to the Central Coast of California and live near her family. As a local girl with ties to the local community Vilay worked at a few of the local restaurants before deciding to take the position of Executive Chef of the 805 Chophouse. Vilay and her son Kohn, are an integral part of the family here at the 805 Chophouse, and it is a pleasure to have them both in our chophouse family!