About Us

Our Mission

Hopia Like It! Is a Filipino-American bakery and cafe dedicated to spreading Filipino culture through our delicious cuisine, warm hospitality, and occasional puns.

Our History

In 1999, Founders Gerry and Anette Mercado and Susana Puyot started a small Filipino restaurant known as Kalesa Grill in Panorama City. As first-generation immigrants from the Philippines, this couple did not leave the country, but took it with them.

By providing warm hospitality and Filipino cuisine, it became very popular in the San Fernando Valley and welcomed hundreds of Filipino celebrities including: Lea Salonga, Gary Valenciano, and Sarah Geronimo, to name a few.

Unfortunately when the economy crashed in 2007, many small businesses were greatly affected—and Kalesa Grill was no different. In 2008, they closed their doors in Panorama City and moved to their current Kalesa Grill location in Winnetka, CA.

Still, as the curious entrepreneurs this family is known to have, they expanded the fast food restaurant into a bakery, now known as Hopia Like It! in 2015.

After 3 years of success creating the flakiest and tastiest hopia in California, Hopia Like It! now has a location in the quaint and beautiful city of Granada Hills, CA.

With their original ethos of warm hospitality and spreading filipino cuisine to everyone, Hopia Like It! hopes to become a staple in American culture.