California SBDC

Cultivo & Hangar 39

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From Traveling Chef to Dining Staple: The Cultivo Story


Cultivo is a popular restaurant in Ukiah, California, owned by Ashleigh Plazola and Fernando Plazola. They specialize in modern California cuisine and seafood. The couple purchased the previous restaurant, Saucy in 2017 and transitioned it to Cultivo.


Ashleigh and Fernando faced the challenge of balancing their personal and professional lives as Fernando traveled for executive chef positions. They decided to open their own restaurant in order to be together and found a beautiful little restaurant that was coming up for sale in Ukiah. They jumped on the opportunity and with the help of the city and West Center, they started putting down their ideas for the business and purchased the restaurant.


The couple reached out to West Center for support in 2017 on the recommendation of the previous owner. The SBDC provided tools and classes to help them make better decisions, figure out cash flow, and prepare for the ups and downs of the restaurant business.


As a result of their efforts with the SBDC, Cultivo has become a dining staple in Ukiah. They have plans to open a new restaurant, Hangar 39, offering modern California cuisine, a seafood bar and a comfort food bar menu that will pair well with beer or cocktails. They hope that the new restaurant will be a place where people can gather with friends, have a cocktail, eat a fantastic meal or watch a sports event.

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