Carolyn Bugbee - General Manager
Carolyn Bugbee got her start as an eager teen working at her Aunt's cupcake shop in Upstate NY. She then worked her way through college at the Gilded Otter brewpub in New Paltz, NY while earning herself an English degree from Marist College. After graduating, Carolyn moved west and put her talents to use working alongside restaurateur Lari Goode and notable chef, Mark Fischer at Town in Carbondale, CO. There, she worked up the ranks and proudly made her management debut. At Town, Carolyn found a passion for providing guests with locally sourced and sustainably farmed food through tasting events and community involvement. In 2016 Carolyn relocated to LA in search of new experiences. She soon began working as a host as Messhall and it proved her with the perfect environment to learn and grow into her career and new west coast digs. Carolyn tried her hand as a food runner and server at Messhall before landing comfortably in the Assistant Manager role. After a brief time away to open Rappahannock Oyster Bar in LA's Downtown ROW District, Carolyn was called home to Messhall and saw it as a welcome opportunity to continue fostering a sense of community in Los Feliz.
Charbel Adaimy - Executive Chef
Charbel is a first generation Lebanese American who is also a native Angeleno. His love for cooking and all things food related came from his parents, even though they really wanted him to be a doctor. He was classically trained at the Le Cordon Bleu and earned his chops at the Michelin rated fine dining room at the Ritz Carlton of Pasadena. However, his true passion is to make people happy with food whether you like a sloppy joe or a tartine de foie.
Nicos Bouzis - Assistant General Manager
Nicos was born and raised in Los Angeles and began in the restaurant industry when he was twelve years old. In 2001 his parents took over a diner from a close family friend in West Hollywood known as The SilverSpoon. He worked with his older brother and twin brother on the weekends. As the middle child, Nicos found the most drive to work in the restaurant industry. He began working with his father, the chef, observing him, creating specials for the day, placing orders with vendors, doing inventory and leading the kitchen team. Nicos even experienced working pantry and prep cook stations alongside his kitchen peers. Gradually working from the kitchen towards the front of the house, he worked with his mother where he learned book keeping and payroll procedures. He began working as a cashier, to bussing, to serving, and occasionally bartending. Becoming sociable with guests and providing the best possible service was his focus. From there, Nicos began to advance his career in a more corporate level and landed at Messhall Kitchen and has been with the company for seven years. Through his restaurant experience, Nicos gained skills in customer served and leadership making him a perfect complement to any team. He has grown since joining the company helping to provide a positive atmosphere for his guests and team members. He's excited to be a part of a successful Messhall management team.
Spencer Recor - Bar Director
Spencer began his career behind the bar at 15, at a saloon style watering hole in Mercer Pennsylvania called Rache's Roadhouse where he was a dishwasher and barback. He moved to Koreatown at 17 and worked in West Hollywood restaurants until old enough to get behind the bar (different city, different standards). After bartending the nightclub scene for several years, he began his craft experience as a bartender with the Sydell Groups, Line Hotel. Working the intricate Matthew Biancaniello program at Pot Lobby Bar and Commissary, he quickly moved to Lead Bartender and then Beverage Manager for the hotel. From there, he began consulting and revamping bar programs around Koreatown, Silverlake and DTLA until taking on the bar program at Messhall. Spencer's muse for cocktails typically come from his other passions; animals (including dinosaurs), science fiction, horror films and piano.
Nate Gutierrez - Sous Chef
A southern California native, Nate joins the Messhall crew after leading the kitchen at Abigaile restaurant in Hermosa Beach. While working his way through every back of house position under multiple established chefs over the years, he credits his success to his focused and tenacious work ethic. Nate's dedication carries over from restaurant to home life where he is a certified EMT and a devoted father to two young girls. He strongly believe in leading by example both in and out of the kitchen and jumps at every opportunity to hone in on his skills. While Nate's training has taken him through multiple styles of cuisine, from intricate creations to banquet events, his passion lies in creating explosively flavorful street food and experimenting with both local and wordly ingredients.
Amanda Johnson - Service Manager
Amanda's aspiring restaurant career began by garnishing kiddie cocktails for tips in the pubs her grandmother raised her in; in those days, tips consisted of mostly maraschino cherries. After leaving her small hometown of Stillwater, Minnesota she attended college at the University of Minnesota, obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology. While in Minneapolis, Amanda found a home with Parasole Restaurant Holdings working under James Beard Award winning Chef, Tim McKee, at both the Uptown Cafeteria and Chino Latino. She also spent time honing her fine dining and event planning skills at Mission American Kitchen. Upon arriving in Los Angeles in 2013, Amanda knew she had found something special at Messhall Kitchen. When she first inquired, Messhall wasn't hiring, but that didn't stop her from frequenting her new favorite restaurant until a position became available. Amanda has dedicated countless hours to Messhall team, working her way up from a food runner to now Service Manager. Amanda is a die hard Messhall fan and family member.
In her downtime, Amanda enjoys cross-stitching and going to punk shows.
Gabi Hankins - Marketing & Events Coordinator
Los Angeles born and bred, Gabi began her restaurant career after graduating from Chapman University. She did all things humanly possible at Mendocino Farms before finding a home at Messhall. Gabi started out as a host, which quickly led to her becoming a supervisor. From there she began taking interest in the Messhall social media platforms and took over all responsibilities involving social. Gabi's artwork can be found around the restaurant- from the chalkboard design to menu design!