The Besh Restaurant Group is Bringing Willa Jean Bakery to The Paramount

Paramount / Nov 10, 2014

We’re excited to share that the Besh Restaurant Group (BRG) will open Willa Jean Bakery in The Paramount next year! BRG’s Executive Pastry Chef Kelly Fields and Pastry Chef Lisa White (of Domenica and Pizza Domenica) will run the bakery and restaurant, which is named for Fields’ grandmother.

The warm southern bakery will add a modern and elegant touch to the southern food we all know and love. Willa Jean will offer the composed desserts, breads and pastries that have garnered such popularity in the Besh restaurants. The bakery will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, so it will allow the two chefs to explore their savory sides as well. They will also place a strong emphasis on the coffee and beverage programs.

“I’m excited to share everything I love about food with the city I love!” said Kelly Fields. “We can’t wait to be open next year,” added Lisa White.

“Willa Jean is going to be the perfect addition for the South Market District’s residents and visitors,” said Matt Schwartz, Co-Founder of The Domain Companies, The Paramount’s developers. “We wanted to include an inviting space where customers could have a morning meeting over coffee, gather with friends for lunch, or linger over a cocktail and great food after work. The Besh Restaurant Group’s local focus and culinary talent will further elevate not just The Paramount, but all of downtown New Orleans.”

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