About Us

At Las Hadas we are committed to providing an excellent dining experience.

We are rooted in Mexican tradition yet also inspired to create new menu

items for today’s healthier lifestyles. Our staff’s creativity in the kitchen

drives the shift toward delicious healthier options for today’s demanding

palettes and fulfilling our promise of excellence.

 

- Fresh Ingredients

- Traditional Recipes

- Vegetarian Options

- Innovative Creations

- Healthy Choices

 

Family owned and operated since 1981, Las Hadas Restaurant & Entertainment  provides authentic Mexican cuisine and lively entertainment the whole family can enjoy.  Its cuisine is inspired by the foods popular in and around Las Hadas, Colima, Mexico - the costal  resort town for which the restaurant was named. Today, its menu has expanded to include traditional, gourmet dishes from other regions of México and healthy choices.

 

We enjoy providing an exceptional dining experience from our family to yours.

 

Dee López

Owner

Dr. Houston Jack, Jr. dips Doris Murray at the end of a big band song at Las Hadas Mexicn Restaurant in Northridge, CA on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 (Tina Burch/Staff Photographer)

All aboard the time machine for the musical ride of your life By Dennis McCarthy, columnist Posted: 06/05/08, 12:01 AM PDT |

"The first time I walked in the place, I thought, `My God, this is what's going on at 10:30 in the morning.' Unbelievable."

 

— Suzanne Bank

 

Yeah, it is a little unbelievable. For a few magical hours every Tuesday morning, something beautiful is happening inside a Mexican restaurant in Northridge.

 

Local seniors are finding the fountain of youth - the "ultimate time machine," says retired LAPD Officer Jim Trax, a regular.

 

All the aches, pains and worries of the day melt away. The good times are back.

 

It's 1948 again, not 2008. Gas isn't four bucks a gallon, it's two bits. Nice homes are going for $15,000 in the Valley, not half a million.

 

And nobody's walking around wondering where the country's headed because they already know. For them, it's headed back 60 years to a big, swinging party.

 

"Look at them - it's like they're kids again," Johnny Vana says, watching the main room at Las Hadas Mexican Restaurant fill with more than 100 people by 10:30 a.m.

 

Every booth is full, every seat taken. Two dozen couples are out on the dance floor with their arms around each other, itching to get started - like it's their high school sock hop.

 

Vana takes a seat behind his drums, lifts his left arm in the air to let some of the best musicians in the country know it's time to go to work, and the magic begins.

 

"Look around," says 77-year-old retired Air Force Maj. George Carter. "You see anybody old out there on the dance floor? I don't."

 

Behind Vana and singer Bonnie Bowden are 16 musicians with r sum s that read like a Who's Who of the big-band era.

 

They've played the biggest venues in the world with the best bands of the era - Glenn Miller, Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, Les Brown, Stan Kenton, Horace Heidt, Tex Beneke, Harry James and the Dorsey brothers.

 

And now they're playing every Tuesday morning to mainly seniors who show up at the restaurant for a ride in the ultimate time machine for a $6 cover charge.

 

"You can have your aches and pains walking in, but the minute you hear that music, they're gone," says Jean Miller, who's been following Vana's band to different Valley locations for more than 10 years with her husband, Don.

 

The band started at Leon's Steakhouse in North Hollywood, then spent time at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, the dining room at Woodley Golf Course and Beverly Garland's Holiday Inn before returning to Las Hadas for the second time.

 

After each move, word quickly spread through the senior circuit that Johnny Vana and his boys were playing again.

 

The party was back on. Crank up the time machine.

 

"No doubt about it," Suzanne Bank said Tuesday, switching 88-year-old partners. "People are staying younger longer here."

 

During the summer, they start getting a lot of younger people coming in, Vana says, taking a break after losing a couple of pounds banging out "Sing, Sing, Sing."

 

"They tell me they want to hear this new music we're playing," he says, laughing.

 

Vana tells them to step out on the dance floor and give it a try, but be careful.

 

All those white-haired kids dancing out there can be dangerous if you get in their way.

 

Dennis McCarthy's column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com 818-713-3749

 

 

CBS 2 - At Mexican Restaurant In Northridge, Big Band Is Back In A Big Way

Sylvia López Reporting

 

NORTHRIDGE (CBSLA.com) — When most people think of Mexican restaurants, they think salsa, guacamole, tequila…

 

But at Las Hadas Mexican Restaurant in Northridge (9048 Balboa), one must also think of big bands.

 

Big bands!?!?

 

Yes, every Tuesday morning between 10:30-12:30, you can hear the big band sound emanating around the popular eatery. Specifically, Johnny Vana’s Big Band Alumni take over the joint. And, as Sylvia Lopez reports for KCAL9 and CBS2, locals can’t get enough of the act. They rip up the dance floor with non-stop dancing and swinging. >>full report

 

Los Angeles Times - Old & New In One Cool Cantina

by Maki Becker

 

THE SCENE: Las Hadas has two separate sections: a restaurant and a large bar that doubles as a sports bar and a dance club. There's an old-style, homey flavor to the joint, with its dark wood booths, adobe-like walls and a multitude of movie stills that adorn the whole restaurant.

 

THE CROWD: Because of its dual role as restaurant and bar, Las Hadas has a mix of customers. Regular visitor Brad Gilmore says Las Hadas is pretty cool, one of just a few places in Northridge where people can hang out. The restaurant attracts families and couples, and the bar is filled with dance enthusiasts, sports fans and those in search of good margaritas, which are enormous and hard to pass up.

 

THE WORD: "It's clean and the service is good and everyone here is nice," said Steve Wear, who occasionally stops by Las Hadas for a tall cool one with two of his buds, Gilmore and David (Burly) Kent. >> full article

 

 

Reviews

Yahoo! Voices - Alice Griffin

 

This place is on the corner of Nordhoff and Balboa, across from Target, and has hands down the best ranchero sauce since Don Ricardo's went under. This is an old school style restaurant with dark lighting, deep woods and black and white pictures of Mexican movie stars all over the walls. It has been around since 1981 and is still serving up fantastic food.

 

 

Slammin Sammy K - Rex’s Band Brings Out the Stars

 

Rex Merriweather’s “This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Big Band” has been in residence at Las Hadas Restaurant for several years.  Lately, it has been the place where celebrities come to hear great Jazz music.  Joey Heatherton, Troy Lucketta (Tesla), Tony Dow and James Gandolfini have all stopped by recently.  It is a testament to music and how it brings people of all types together that Jazz draws so many folks to a little restaurant in the valley!