We share the Journeymen’s experience. We make meticulously sourced, thoughtfully prepared, delicious food in an environment that is warm and enjoyable. Our service embodies our commitment to community through care and appreciation for the relationships that make our business flourish. Ultimately, we strive to enrich the lives of everyone that is a part of the Journeymen experience.
Our Passion for the Hospitality industry started from early on and we have since dedicated our careers to it. We have accrued a wealth of knowledge and mentorship as managers and operators of many successful restaurants over the course of our cumulative thirty-four years. Equally important to us is our humility to understand that there is not only so much more to learn, but also to give back.
Community is the foundation for any successful food and beverage enterprise. At Journeymen, we incorporate the principles of community into our day to day operations. This starts with our employees. Creating a space where staff can meaningfully engage in the community, develop professionally and learn all aspects of the business yields better lives through job satisfaction and growth.
David G. Wilcox / CHEF
Originating from the Chicago area, David left his second home of Michigan to travel in lieu of college. Eventually he landed on the island of Kauai. Already a veteran of the hospitality industry, he went to work in the kitchen for his first time, his passion for cooking having been sparked by spending several seasons working on organic and biodynamic farms.
His approach is to be well rounded and versatile to understand every aspect of the restaurant business. In the kitchen this means having dedicated a considerable amount of time to butchering and fabrication, bread, pastries, wood-fired cooking, as well as the study of various techniques from around the world. On the business side, he has been involved with every aspect of operations. Restaurants are a challenging business and it is the challenge that he enjoys.
David has worked in notable kitchens such as Gjelina in Venice, Mama’s Fish House on Maui and was Executive Chef of Mill Valley Beerworks in Marin to critical acclaim. David is actively involved in community projects and gardening. He is also a single father and spends much of his time sharing food, cooking, community, and more with his son.
Guy Tabibian / GENERAL MANAGER
Born in Israel, Guy was raised in Los Angeles by Persian parents with a deep deep love for all California. He has an eclectic world view shaped by the love of travel, music, beverages and mostly food. Guy has seen, listened to, and eaten a big part of the world. He is excited to create a space to give that back.
For Guy, nothing is better than the rush when everyone is in motion, people are weaving in and out, and food is flying by; a restaurant busily humming along. After years of running other people's restaurants, he has accumulated a great deal of knowledge about how to operate. Knowing how to run the floor, create an atmosphere, deal with and motivate staff as well as manage the due diligence of back of house operations.
This is the project that will let the culmination of all the skill sets he learned come into fruition.
Fredel romano / bus Ops manager
As a Mexico City native, Fredel grew up surrounded by a culture that celebrates food and gathering. Her first glimpses into the industry go back to her childhood, watching her father expand a restaurant empire throughout the country. She has always had a fascination for the role food plays in culture, and the possibilities of running a business that supports that.
After spending sixteen years eating her way through Los Angeles, Fredel graduated from USC Marshall and delved into the tech world for a few years. She joined David & Guy to support the development of the restaurant in terms of structure, technical organization, and strategy.
Fredel enjoys the farmer’s market runs, learning how to cook with David, and continuing to explore LA and it’s diverse food culture.
Every single one of our team members exudes a passion for the food industry that stems from both knowledge and curiosity. A strong work ethic, a desire to learn and a good attitude are paramount for all of our staff. Our team is comprised of extremely diverse, full-time individuals that are dedicated to a career in hospitality. The ranges of experience and knowledge allow for an ever evolving team that is not only supportive, but also enthusiastic and full of joy.