Josianne Beaulieu joined A5 Group as a bartender at the age of 18, while still studying Management Sciences at UQAM. Ten years later, she’s co-owner and General Manager of Fitzroy Bar de Quartier, co-owner and Operations Manager of Général Sherman, co-owner of Paradis BBQ restaurant, and co-owner and Operations Manager of the brand-new Westwood Restaurant-Bar, set to open its doors later this year at Place Bell.
Born in Quebec City, Olivier Vigneault studied and explored French cooking before delving into Asian cuisine. After completing internships in Quebec and at a Michelin-starred restaurant in France, he became co-owner of Yuzu Sushi. He later moved to Montreal to become Executive Chef at Miso, and then Head Chef at Kaizen and Park. He is currently Executive Chef at Jatoba restaurant, and he recently helped develop the menu for Westwood, where flavour and creativity converge to offer diners a highly emotional culinary experience.
Epicurean by nature, Jonathan Fournier studied professional cooking at ITHQ, with an accredited specialization in meats. He then honed his expertise in renowned establishments such as Au Pied de Cochon, Les Enfants Terribles, and restaurants within the Opus Hotel chain. He is currently co-owner of Paradis BBQ restaurant, as well as a chef at Westwood, where he works with Chef Olivier Vigneault to offer a creative menu that ingeniously combines local flavours with charcoal-grill aromas.
Pinou Thong started in the restaurant business as a dishwasher at the age of 18. He got his big break as a sushi chef at Sushido, where he worked for 8 years. In 2014, he left to open his own restaurant, called Baraccuda, which he decided to close down 3 years later to broaden his knowledge and hone his skills with Chef Antonio Park at restaurant Park. Pinou Thong is a master at offering savoury arrays of raw fish, tartare and maki.
assistant director of operations
As a North Shore nightlife fixture for the past 10 years, Stéphanie El-Bahar has worked in the area’s hottest bars, including Bourbon Street Club, Golden, Beachclub and Général Sherman. She also studied in communications and sales, and is now co-owner and Assistant Operations Manager of Westwood, where her extensive industry experience will surely be a major asset.
Simon Corbo started working in bars at a young age, and he’s very well known on the North Shore scene. After launching his career at Hôtel de la Montagne, he worked for such establishments as Prohibition, Commission des liqueurs, Beachclub and Général Sherman, where he’s now co-owner and General Manager. As a new co-owner and host for Westwood, he brings his own personal touch to the restaurant’s vibe.
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