By Brian Park
Sen. Mark Wyland, R-Carlsbad recognized local restaurant owner Ricardo Beas for his extensive volunteer efforts with the San Juan Capistrano Community Spirit Award.
“Ricardo Beas personifies that which is the very best in community leadership, and he has made a lasting impression on those individuals with whom he has been associated,” read a proclamation from Wyland’s office.
Beas came to the United States when he was 12 and got his first job as a dishwasher at Pete and Clara’s Mexican restaurant when he was 14. After becoming a cook and working at several south Orange County restaurants, Beas bought Pete and Clara’s and opened Ricardo’s Place in 2003.
Beas and his wife Rosa are on the board of directors for ATLAS, a youth soccer program, and the Mariachi For All Capistrano Community Mariachi Program. He and his wife are also supporters of the San Juan Capistrano and Monarch Beach Rotary clubs and the Friends of the Library, for which Rosa also serves on the board. Beas also serves on the board of directors for the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce and the Latino Business Council.