Sabor a Mi

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Sabor a Mi is a new Mexican Restaurant being developed by Chef Elizabeth and Martha Dovali. The restaurant is located in the Thomas Winery Plaza in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. and opened on January 15, 2018.

Below are some interior photos of the restaurant taken on December 11, 2017.


Also featured is a new Italian restaurant concept located in Waco, Texas (Di Campli's Italian Ristorante) The owner operator, Massimo Di Campli, has an extensive restaurant background included that of manager of Magnolia Table in Waco.  Click images to see larger view.


January 7 2017

For those of you who are considering developing a new restaurant, I wanted to share with you the process and what is involved.

It begins with site selection. It is an in-line location in the Oliveira Plaza Shopping Center, Port Hueneme, CA. Port Hueneme is a coastal community just north of Thousand Oaks. The steps used were as follows:

  • Site selection
  • Feasibility Study
  • Package Submittal to Landlord to Aquire the Location.
  • Negotiate the LOI (Letter of Intent)
  • Review and finalize the lease

Once the lease was signed by my client I selected Orchid Construction and Facilities Design to provide layout/design services in addition to construction services.

The available space was over 3,000 sq ft, much more than my clients concept required. Part of the negotiation was to have the space demised into a more usable 1,330 sq ft.

The above floor plan will be submitted to the City for approval (Plan Check).

The POS and kitchen equipment has been selected. We are currently finalizing the menu, recipes, and procedures.


January 30, 2017

All plans have been submitted to city for plan check. This included:

  • Floor Plan
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical

We have selected the POS system. Client has selected CAKE (previuosly known as Leap Set).

Menu has been finalized and documented, Price Points will be finalized after product sourcing is finalized. 

We will be meeting with the architectural design firm tomorrow to discuss interior treatments and finishes.


February 10, 2017

As we wait for comments from plan check, the client is exploring design elements. Orchis Construction & Facilities Design is assisting in the selection of finishes to be used.


 Above are just some of the design elements currently being considered.


February 13, 2017


Below are the final design elements selected by the client.

Along with the selected disign elements, the client is busy selecting tables and chairs to complement the interior finishes.

This week we will begin having the food photographed by a food photographer. These images will be used on the digital menu board, web site, and all other marketing marterials.


February 23, 2017

We have received comments from the Health Department regarding our plan submittal. We are still waitng to hear back from the Building Department. The process of obtaininng permits takes approximately 6 to 8 weeks. The process has slowed down over the years as many city's have reduced their staff.


Below are some pictures of a past client.

Siete Banderas (7 Flags) is located in the border town of Laredo, TX. 

This is a beautiful full service food and entertainment venue. You can enjoy a special beverage and the view from the roof top lounge. This facility is the creation of Hank and Elizabeth Sames.  Louis Romano is the General Manager.


March 28, 2017

After much delay, we have received Health Department and Building Department approval.

The landlord has received approval to begin demising the space for my client. We should be able to begin building out the space in three weeks.


May 4, 2017

The space and has been demised and we expect to begin construction in about 1 week.

Below are some photos of the menu being developed.


 May 19, 2017

We have our permits! Due to budget cuts, the city of Port Hueneme is outsourcing the plan check process. This slowed down the process considerably.

Construction will begin in the next 7 days.


After a few other delays with electrical and gas issues, Construction Has Finally Begun!



July 5, 2017

Construction is moving along very quickly. My contractor is anticipating final inspection on August 7, 2017.

Just received this latest update

 Since construction is moving along quicker than we anticipated, we are finalizing our menu pricing. We have also finalized some of the products we will be serving.

We have also begun the process of recruiting employees.


July 20, 2017

Construction is moving along quickly. Kitchen equipment will be arriving in two weeks.

Update - July 21,2017

Getting very close to completion. Equipment delivered and installed.

July 28, 2017


General Contractor has given us the two (2) week warning. 


August 4, 2017

 Our contractor expects to complete construction and get final inspections by Friday, August 18, 2017.

August 17

As promised by John Nazari (Orchid Construction & Facilities Design), construction is completed and we have passed all of our final inspections. Building and Fire were passed yesterday, and Health Department Final was completed today.

Restaurant looks great, and we will begin the task of trainng the staff.

Final Update - Ready To Go!