The Granada Theatre is a historical building located in downtown picturesque Morgan Hill. The theatre is considered a gem of the community, and has been the location for first dates, first kisses and lasting relationships since it was rebuilt in the 1940's. Owner Frank Leal purchased the vacant theatre from the city in October 2015, and set his sights on breathing life back into this historical monument. A mere eleven months later, the theatre will re-open it's doors to reveal a one-of-a-kind multipurpose event venue, with the capacity to accommodate up to 300 guests seated.
Chef Mark Johnson was born and raised in Morgan Hill, California. After receiving a degree in Business, Mark went on to study culinary arts at the California Culinary Academy le Cordon Blue in San Francisco, graduating at top of his class. Mark continued his career at Gary Danko Restaurant in San Francisco where he studied under award winning Chef Gary Danko ("Best Chef California'" James Beard Foundation) for eight years, refining his skills as a Sous Chef.
After traveling through Europe studying local cuisine, Mark returned to his hometown of Morgan Hill. He was then hired as the Executive Chef for Frank Léal and his properties, including The Grove Restaurant, Léal Vineyards, Willow Heights Mansion, The Barn, and Granada Theatre.
Chef Lance Ramhurst was born and raised in Howell, New Jersey. He graduated in 2004 with an AS degree from Atlantic Cape Culinary Academy in Atlantic City. Lance's passion for the culinary industry brought him to San Francisco to work under Chef Gary Danko at his world famous restaurant. Lance was quickly selected to cook along side Chef Danko in Hong Kong, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and New York City for the James Beard Awards. After exploring European cuisine in Spain, France, Germany, Austria & Italy, Lance was promoted to Sous Chef position at Chef Gary Danko's working along side Chef Mark Johnson for nearly three years. Lance is currently Chef De Cuisine at the Grove Restaurant and Leal Vineyards.