Front of the Restaurant

Ponce Meza


Since 2002

Although his year says 2002, he has been working off and on for the family business since his adolescence. Nowadays he manages his time ensuring the quality of the food be at its best along with making sure the "Equipo" are providing  our guests the best possible dining experience. Favorite Ponce's dish: Classic Combo #2 - 2 Cheese Enchilada, a Ground Beef Taco, Rice & Beans



Mikey Knab


Since 2006

Director of Operations Mikey Knab grew up in the Santa Clarita Valley in Southern California.  He has a degree in Cultural Theory from UCSD (an elite institution).   He's passionate about social justice and community development.  His favorite dish at Ponce's is the Camarones Rancheros and the Flaca Margarita.



Koka Bryan


Since 2013

A Coronado native and UCSD Graduate. Koka’s name is Hawaiian in origin and roughly translated means “body odor”. Seriously though, Koka is a very serious and extremely talented musician that can literally pick up any instrument and play it well. In his role as General Manager he works tirelessly to ensure the satisfaction of our guests experiences and our staff’s morale is always high.



Arturo Meza


Since 1996

Nephew to Ponce Sr. and cousin to Ponce Jr., Arturo has been a fixture at Ponce's for over 20 years!! His number one goal is to ensure our guests have the best experience possible. Arturo is happily married with 4 beautiful children!! Favorite dish: Camarones Rancheros with corn tortillas



Rodrigo Gutierrez


Since 2003

Originally from Los Angeles, moved to San Diego in 1999 to attend SDSU and never left!! While he works full-time at SDSU, he continues to be a part of the Ponce's family. While not at SDSU or Ponce's you can find him frequenting various businesses along Adams Ave. Favorite Ponce's dish: Machaca con huevo with corn tortillas



Betsy Castaneda


Since 2006

Betsy started at Ponce's in 2006.  She is a San Diego native, and the unofficial Team Ponce's Mama.  She has two beautiful kids, and spends her free time trying to keep up with them.  Her favorite Ponce's dish is ground beef tacos.



Metal Mike


Since 2010

Hailing from the mean streets of Akron, OH, Michael Shultzman began his California adventure in the year of our Lord 2006. While not pumping iron and melting faces, he can be found supporting the burgeoning San Diego metal scene! Favorite Ponce's dish: Ensalada Suprema with Chicken and NO TOMATOES!



Charly Meza


Since 2013

Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Raised in Tijuana, B.C. Mexico and moved to San Diego, CA to begin a new journey in his life. This guy is a fantastic team player at work, responsible manager, and talented musician. His goals in life are to become a great songwriter and open his own successful restaurant.