Cactus Ya Ya enjoys longevity in growing community

Baja Fish Tacos — a favorite menu item — feature beer-battered halibut drizzled with house-made cilantro-mayo sauce and fresh pico de gallo. Photo courtesy of Viki Eierdam.

Baja Fish Tacos — a favorite menu item — feature beer-battered halibut drizzled with house-made cilantro-mayo sauce and fresh pico de gallo. Photo courtesy of Viki Eierdam.

In 1994, Vancouver residents Jim and Cheryl Rettig were looking to open a restaurant that would appeal to a large range of people. They chose a former Minit Mart in east Vancouver that seemed a bit lonely at the time.

Over the last 25 years, Cactus Ya Ya has witnessed growth not even long-time residents could have predicted. Thanks to a recipe of dedicated employees, loyal customers and an influx of new residents, the Southwestern-Mexican café is a mainstay on the Clark County restaurant scene (Read more in The Messenger newspaper).