Chapala Mexican Restaurant wast started in 1994 by Martin and Salvador Pelayo and their spouses, after working for a large Mexican restaurant in Seattle for many years. They found the location in the south hills of Eugene and brought all their monies together to start the restaurant. Chapala originally employed about 15 employees (with 8 being family members). The original location was remodeled in 1996 to give a hacienda ambiance that fit with traditional Mexican decor and feel. Later, the Oakway location was added giving Chapala a perfect location in the heart of Eugene. The Oakway location has an open and airy feel with a beautiful patio in the courtyard.