People We Love: Luis Loza

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Life has a funny way of bringing people together, and for Luis Loza connections have always been built over a good meal. Moving to Southern California from Guadalajara, Mexico, in 1992, Loza soon began serving at Coogies in Malibu, which would eventually become Ollo. 

“I was visiting my brother and I didn’t know any English, but he said they needed help and invited me to work here,” said Loza, who is now coming up on his 26th year at the restaurant.

“Working six days a week, the restaurant is like my morning family, and my house is my afternoon family,” he said.

Not only are his coworkers like family, he says, but so is each table.

“I serve you like I would my family," he said. "I love that I get to take care of people, and make sure people are happy and satisfied.”

Moreover, Loza has truly become a part of many local families.

“I have seen people go from dating to marriage, to having kids and then sending them to college," he said. "When they come back, I’m like, ‘Wow is that your little boy?’ Its crazy.”

In his downtime, Loza enjoys spending time with his wife of 17 years and his four children. Talking about his family Loza beams, describing his children’s involvement in the school swim and soccer teams and his oldest son’s recent graduation from Pennsylvania’s prestigious Haverford College. 

Malibu Magazine loves for Luis Loza for his friendly demeanor, lifelong dedication to the people of Malibu and for treating everyone that comes into Ollo like family.

Holly Bieler