Panela Restaurant is an independently owned restaurant and family operated. Our name is inspired by Panela ( raw sugar cane ), which is a staple of Colombian cooking. Fittingly, Panela is one of the top ingredients in our food which provides a modern take on the traditional flavors of Colombia. Our main goal is to share the Colombian gastronomy with the world and have everyone fall in love with Panela.
Born and raised in the city of Medellin, Colombia. arrived in the USA at age 15 where Vivian Acevedo attended Lowell High School, After graduating High School she decided to follow her dream of being a chef and studied at Le Cordon Bleu where she graduated and began her career at various restaurants where she learned the art of culinary and fine dining, starting from the bottom she held the executive chef position for a prestigious restaurant where she was not allowed to be creative due to corporate regulations. She and her brother, Juan Acevedo, and parents Gustavo Acevedo and Gloria Zuluaga decided it was time for them to join forces and open a Colombian restaurant that would showcase all the fine dining experience she has with the Colombian ingredients and traditional flavors.