Bo-beau La Mesa Gets A Head Chef

LA MESA -- Reconstruction work and staff training is underway at the new Cohn Restaurant Group's Bo-beau kitchen + garden and the new restaurant now has a new chef.

The Cohn Group has announced that a young chef hired away from the well-regarded kitchens at the Barona resort -- Benjamin Moore -- will lead the culinary team at what is hoped to be a new flagship for dining in La Mesa Village.

 According to the Cohn Group's publicists, Moore's culinary career began as a child when he started helping his mother in the kitchen. Professionally, he started in the restaurant industry at 15 years old at the Coronado Boathouse where he eventually worked his way up to kitchen manager.

After studying Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona, Benjamin returned to San Diego to work under one of San Diego's most respected chefs, Amiko Gubbins, at Parallel 33 in Mission Hills. Following his time at Parallel 33, he continued his professional development at Le Cordon Bleu Institute in Pasadena.

From there, Benjamin went on to open the new 20,000 square foot venue Social Hollywood as Sous Chef/Purchasing Manager. During his time at that venue, Moore learned what it takes to open and run a new restaurant but when Gubbins asked him to take over the kitchen at Parallel 33, he returned to San Diego yet again. As Parallel 33's Executive Chef, his work earned much recognition in such publications as Riviera Magazine, Restaurant Hospitality, San Diego Reader, Living in Style Magazine, and Under the Sun Magazine. Most recently, Moore moved over to Barona Casino where he spent the last four years as Chef de Cuisine of the property's two new restaurants.

Upon taking the new position with the Cohn Group Moore says, "I'm humbled that I get to serve as the chef of a restaurant that shares a name with such a successful endeavor in Ocean Beach. At the same time, I'm energized by the fact that we're opening a new restaurant that will allow me to try out new menu items and concepts all while being a part of the La Mesa community."

At the new BO-beau kitchen + garden, Moore says he will stay true to the common core values and base menu of the original Ocean Beach location while incorporating some new dishes to appeal specifically to the La Mesa community. As such, he plans to create a menu that is both fun and unique with flavor combinations that are approachable, yet unexpected. Moore looks forward to integrating the restaurant as a local fixture in the area, the kind of place where you can bring your kids in one day and then come back for happy hour with friends another night.

According to the Cohn group's advanced restaurant materials, at this new 7,000 square foot La Mesa location, the group's designers will be softening the look from the harder-edge industrial design that dominated Gingham and Gio's, the previous restaurants that failed to catch on at this location.

The group describes Moore as planning to create a menu filled with sophisticated, globally-inspired comfort food. Diners can expect to see a menu with some familiar items from the original Bo-Beau Ocean Beach location including the popular Brussels sprouts, French onion soup and Boeuf Bourguignon in addition to many dishes catered specifically to the neighborhood’s clientele. Moore plans to incorporate the flavors of many different regions of the world to create a menu that is both diverse and approachable, in addition to a creative craft cocktail and extensive beer and wine list.

The group is estimating an opening by the end of September -- just in time for Oktoberfest!


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Tags: Amiko Gubbins, Barona Resort, Benjamin Moore, Bo-beau kitchen + garden, Cohn Restaurant Group, La Mesa Today, La Mesa news, La Mesa newspaper, Parallel 33


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