Javier Sosa's life is an example of the classic American success story. He was born in Tijuana, came to California as a young man and then worked his way up from dishwasher to waiter to manager at Tortilla Flats restaurant in Laguna Beach.
Eventually, with the help of his partner, Mark Post, he opened his own restaurant on Coast Highway, followed by another much larger, elaborately designed version in the Irvine Spectrum. They are planning a move to a beautiful new ocean-view location in Crystal Cove.
Javier's life has always revolved around work. He met his wife Silvia when she was a cook and he was a dishwasher. He met his partner when Mark had a summer job as a waiter and Javier was his manager. His three children all work in the restaurants, and many of his employees have been with him for more than 20 years.