Red Mesa, St. Petersburg
4912 Fourth St N
About Chef Chris and Red Mesa
Red Mesa owners Peter and Shawn Veytia, started out in the restaurant trade with their popular 4th Street seafood restaurant, Seabar, in 1981.
In 1995 the Veytias were joined by Executive Chef Chris Fernandez, who grew up in the kitchens of Oaxaca, Mexico, where he was exposed to a great variety of regional foods and flavors from around Mexico. Chef Fernandez and the Veytias drew from their shared Latin heritage and Red Mesa was born. The Red Mesa family has since grown to include the Veytia's two sons Dana and Pete.
In 2009, the Veytias opened Red Mesa Cantina, (redmesacantina.com) in downtown St. Petersburg, and most recently the Red Mesa group expanded into St. Pete's Edge District, with Red Mesa Mercado, which quickly became a local favorite for fast fare and takeout options.
Chef Chris is executive chef of all three restaurants.