Les Sisters Southern Kitchen & BBQ
21818 Devonshire Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Contact: Kevin Huling
Phone: (818) 998-0755
A Tale of Les Sisters:
Founders of Les Sisters
(Left to Right) Rhoda Hadi, Willie Stanford, and Clara Huling
When Clara Huling, Roda Hadi, and Willie Stanford opened a small café in Chatsworth in 1986, none of them could possibly have predicted the bright future of their venture. For them, it was an adventure; an attempt to realize lifelong dreams. Each brought to the table a special talent. At the time, Roda was a master Cajun chef, and ran the seafood bar at the popular Fireside Inn in Encino. Willie was the owner-operator of Our Place, a very popular bar and gathering place in Northridge. Clara’s mother owned a restaurant in Yuma where Clara learned the trade as a young girl. They got together and decided to try it, but each agreed to keep their “day jobs.”
The first year was a trying experience, but after a few rave reviews from the likes of Elmer Dills, the LA Times, and Valley News, they survived. Meanwhile, due to personal setbacks and illness, Roda and Willie had to leave the fledgling business, and Clara had to go it alone. She briefly turned the restaurant management over to another team, but in the end, she had to reassume the helm. That’s when fate stepped in and administered a devastating blow. Clara succumbed suddenly to a stroke in June 1992, and Les Sisters’ was devastated. That’s when Kevin, Clara’s son, stepped up and took charge of the restaurant. With the support of a loyal staff (especially Susan Warner, our head server), and loving customers, Les Sisters rode out the storm and thrived . . . until the earthquake of 1994. They rebuilt, reopened, and regained their customer’s support.
Unfortunately, the following year, Les Sisters were victimized by a fire, and were once again sidelined. After a few setbacks with building codes, they were able to reopen in a scant three weeks and there were their clients waiting, clamoring to have another go at their unique menu.
In 2006, Les Sisters celebrated their 25th anniversary. Kevin’s daughter, Jessica, and son, Kevin, joined the staff.
Les Sisters was named Number 1 by Zagat many years in a row. The restaurant was also selected as the best in class by City Search.