Founded in 1986 in Alameda, California, Chevys is an ultra-casual restaurant concept that offers guests an array of freshly prepared Mexican dishes in a relaxing atmosphere. Similar to other Real Mex restaurants, Chevys prepares its dishes daily from scratch using only the freshest ingredients. Chevys is a national brand with locations in 8 states. Chevys' store base includes 39 Company-owned restaurant locations and 16 franchised restaurants. With more than 25 years of successful operations, Chevys is the most widely recognized Mexican casual dining brand in northern California, and is the second largest Mexican casual dining brand in California in terms of number of restaurants, behind El Torito. Designed to offer a fiesta for the senses, where every experience is fresh, fun and full of flavor, the concept is focused on the execution of its trend-setting Fresh Mex® menu and continuous innovation. Chevys uses a "Fresh Mex®" pledge which underscores the Company's promise that all products are made daily from scratch.
Chevys restaurants resemble a Mexican border town café or cantina with a vibrant and contemporary décor. The concept's menu offers an extensive variety of Mexican dishes including traditional enchiladas, burritos and tacos, as well as a variety of combination platters. In addition to more-traditional Mexican fare, the menu offers innovative items, including the mesquite broiled skirt steak, fresh fish and shrimp fajitas. Chevys also offers a variety of salads and desserts. The theme of every Chevys dish is freshness, a characteristic understanding by the concept's signature, in-house tortilla maker, known as "El Machino,"
El Machino also helps create a fun atmosphere for everyone, including families with children, and enhances the concept's broad appeal. The food menu is complemented by a wide selection of margaritas and assortment of Mexican and American beers that guests can enjoy either during a meal or in the restaurant bar.
Chevys offers lunch and dinner menus daily along with an extensive list of margaritas, tequilas and wines. Chevys offers a wide variety of Mexican dishes with an emphasis on both traditional and innovative dishes. Classic dishes, such as sizzling fajitas, are offered with traditional ingredients, such as chicken and beef, as well as with more contemporary combinations such as shrimp, Portobello mushrooms and asparagus. Chevys also serves a variety of enchiladas, including traditional chicken and beef, as well as crab and shrimp enchiladas, spinach enchiladas and artichoke and Portobello mushroom enchiladas. This contemporary adaptation of a traditional dish is a characteristic of the Chevys menu.
Chevys restaurants create a welcoming, ultra-casual atmosphere that is inviting to families, couples and singles alike. Chevys is known for its energetic ambiance, with Latin music and great food. The restaurant design is a cantina style with a vibrant, ultra-casual layout. A signature item of Chevys restaurant décor and
a differentiating aspect of the concept, is its fresh tortilla maker called "El Machino". El Machino is generally featured in the dining room and helps reinforce the Company's commitment to freshness. El Machino also provides entertainment for children, and enables restaurant guests to watch the tortilla making process.