Arts District — Los Angeles

About

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the Team

 
 
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Jessica Largey — Chef/Partner

Jessica Largey spent time at the renowned Providence and Bastide in Los Angeles before joining the team at three Michelin-starred Manresa in Los Gatos in 2009. During her tenure, she was honored as a rising star chef by publications including Zagat, Eater, StarChefs, and San Francisco Chronicle. This September 2018, she joins forces with Partner/General Manager Bruno Bagbeni, and film director Joe Russo to open SIMONE in the Arts District of Los Angeles.

 
 
 
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Bruno Bagbeni — Managing Partner

Bruno Bagbeni cut his teeth as a server at iconic New York restaurants including La Goulue, Tavern on the Green, Ferrier, Park Avenue Café, Jean-Georges, and Bouley. He was recruited to join the opening team at Bastide in Los Angeles under chef Alain Giraud and general manager Donato Poto, during which time Bastide attained the highest food and service rating by the Los Angeles Times. For four years, Bagbeni served as general manager of the esteemed Fraiche in Culver City and Santa Monica, and most recently helmed the front of house operations at FIG & OLIVE Melrose Place.

 
 
 
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Jason Beberman — Chef de Cuisine

Chef Jason Beberman, a native New Yorker, has spent over 17 years working in the finest kitchens in Manhattan and Brooklyn. He recently traded the subway for sunny days, moving to Los Angeles to join the team at Simone, a new restaurant opening in Los Angeles’ Arts District in September 2018, alongside Executive Chef Jessica Largey. Beberman brings a love for food and a passion for progress with him to SIMONE.

 
 
 
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Iain McPherson — Bar Director

At Simone, Iain plans to pay homage to the Arts District through his cocktail menu, with categories ranging from wine and sherry-based cocktails that will honor the neighborhood’s past as a wine producing region, to Tiki and sour drinks referencing its citrus farming era. He will commission the same artist from his bars in Scotland to illustrate the menus at Duello at SIMONE.

 
 
 
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Jordan Egan — Beverage Director

Growing up on the south side of Chicago, Beverage Director Jordan Egan fell into the restaurant industry by accident. Armed with a finance degree and preparing for law school, he began working in restaurants and became infatuated with front of house operations. After a decade working with esteemed wine programs in Chicago and New York, Jordan will helm the beverage program at SIMONE.

 
 
 
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Nina — Pastry Chef

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Crystal — Sous Chef

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The Space

 
 

Built in 1921, SIMONE is housed in a historic Arts District building, which was used a photography studio for the past 35 years. Acclaimed interior designer Deirdre Doherty pays homage to the neighborhood’s history by retaining the original exterior brick walls and concrete floors and enhanced the space with Art Deco touches to create an “industrial deco” aesthetic. The addition of bronze and glass elements invoke an elegant, yet comfortable ambiance reflective of Chef Largey’s menu—simultaneously elevated and inviting.

Upon entering SIMONE, guests are greeted by the 25-seat bar, called Duello. Its channeled leather seats, leaded glass windows, and antique mirrors preview the 1920s influence throughout the design. Progressing into the space, bespoke brass and hand-blown glass lighting (custom designed by Jason Koharik) lead past the open kitchen and marble pastry area, to the six-seat walnut chef’s table, providing a glimpse behind the scenes.

The 75-seat dining room, illuminated by skylights above and handmade brass chandeliers, is lined with channel-tufted velvet banquettes, spacious brass-edged walnut wood tables, and handsome tweed and leather chairs. Custom stained glass and iron doors imbue a sense of drama into the room. One of the ornate, moody 12-seat private dining rooms features hand-painted burgundy toned Malachite walls by artist Michael Sullivan coupled with bespoke multi-armed articulating hand-blown glass and brass chandeliers.  The other boasts hand-painted gold, black, and cream wallpaper on the ceiling, hand blown glass sconces and custom artwork by Ryan McCann.

 
 
 
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