Sandra Cordero is the owner of Gasolina Cafe, a Woodland Hills restaurant with Spanish-influenced food. She is half Dutch and half Spanish, having spent parts of her life in Amsterdam, Galicia in Spain and New York City before moving to Los Angeles. Cordero founded Gasolina Cafe in 2015. She also is a founding member of RE:Her,  a nonprofit supporting women-owned and operated restaurants.  

What inspired you to start your business?  

I started working in restaurants when I was 15. I was a server. It grew from there, being a server for many years. By the time I was 18, I was working in three different restaurants with very different styles. Then I went from serving for years, going to school and (eventually) I went into managing. When I was 19, I was like, “I’m going to own my own place one day.” I just fell in love with the industry of hospitality, nurturing people, feeding people, giving people a place to gather and have joyous moments in life.  


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