Our Story

Fonda was founded in Richmond, Victoria in 2011 by two mates – Tim McDonald and Dave Youl. Tim was a lawyer and Dave was a fireman when they both set off to Mexico to develop the concept and get inspiration from the fonda’s all over Mexico. In Mexico, a ‘fonda’ is a home that a family has opened to the local community as a restaurant, serving delicious and simple food that is made with love.

The vision was to develop a menu of Mexican street food dishes designed to share, utilising the quality, freshness and variety of Australian produce.

However, the vision for Fonda extended beyond the menu. After a series of negative experiences working in some undesirable workplaces, Tim and Dave were committed to building a hospitality team with a positive and engaging culture. Our internal values are at the core of every decision and our people are listened to, respected and supported in their growth and development.

The Fonda family has recently grown with the appointment of top LA chef Mark Tagnipez (ex. E.P & L.P) as our new Executive Chef. Tagnipez has just returned from a research trip in Mexico, where he was sourcing inspiration to lead the development of a more sophisticated direction for Fonda’s food and beverage offering.

We hope to share a meal with you at a Fonda soon.