Elmer was born in Sonora, Mexico and came to the United States at age of 11. He grew up in Los Angeles area and started his work career very young. He had worked a multiple of trades. He started in a bakery as a dishwasher, and has held almost every job in the restaurant business since; from a Jewish deli, to making pizzas at a Italian restaurant, and a manager/cook for the International House of Pancakes company. He also held jobs in the construction field, worked for the Southern Pacific railroad company as a machinist; he worked for trucking companies and then moved to Uniroyal Tire company and soon after was made the manager. Soon after he grew tired of making money for other people and their companies, he wanted to become successful and make money for himself.
In 1973 he decided to take his love of food a bit further, so with his mother’s recipes, a bit of LA flavor and his own unique style of cooking he moved to Arizona to follow his dream and open a restaurant. He had many ideas that he pushed for such as setting up food stands at the Salt River, as well as inside the state fairgrounds for people to enjoy but was unsuccessful there. He searched long and hard for over a year to find the right location. In 1974 just when he was about to throw in the towel he came across what is now known as his original location of 399 N Arizona Ave. He had a slow start and continued working jobs at night to pay the bills, and sold food at sports fields during the weekends. Eventually his business grew along with the growth of the town. He did well but was unable to renew the lease after 10 years. So scrambled to find a new location to get his place up and running again as soon as possible. Luckily he did and 39 years later it is still the same fresh and tasty food the people of Chandler have grown to love.
“Thank you to the three generations of Chandler Wolf Alumni and all our surrounding supporters. Thank you for your patronage, your friendships and for all the love you have shown me and my family for the last four decades. I appreciate you more than you will ever know, and enjoy watching your families grow and learn the traditions you have made my restaurant a part of.”