RYAN’S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto

The end of April marked the beginning of a new story — a story about the realization of a dream that took root more than two decades ago.

Long before his career took him on a triangular journey between the 50th; Seattle, Wash., and the Bay Area, Chef Kelly Degala and his wife, Kirsti Mittag-Degala, had dreamed of opening a restaurant of their own. They even had a name for their pipe dream restaurant — GALA, reflecting both the concept with which life is meant to be celebrated and enjoyed, and Chef Degala’s name and his proud Filipino heritage.

And now that dream is finally real.

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