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Abuela's is owned and operated by Juan Carlos Balandra Toledo & Katrina Frankenberger. 


Juan Carlos grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico.

After working 10 years in the industry, he thought about opening his own restaurant.   However, before realizing this goal, Juan Carlos decided to travel  to Vancouver, Canada with the plan of returning to Mexico later.  It was here that Juan Carlos met Katrina who had grown up in Surrey, BC.  Juan Carlos' plans changed again, and he determined to make Canada his permanent home.  He completed schooling at SELC College in Hospitality Management while gaining further experience working in Mexican restaurants across Metro Vancouver.. Juan Carlos is passionate about bringing authentic Mexican flavours, many of which are inspired by his grandmother, hence the Abuela after which the company is named. ​


Whether you’re too busy to cook, celebrating an event, tired, or craving a beach vacation, we'll bring the taste of Mexico to you.


¡Hasta pronto!

Mexican catering company
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