Richard Brown, Owner/ Maitre 'd

Richard grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and worked at Skyline Chili in Milford in 1970 at the age of 16.  He was fired after 3 months; he was told he would never make in the restaurant business.


After working as an Air Traffic Controller in the US Air Force from 1972 to 1976, Richard attended a local college intending to become an elementary school teacher. During college, he bravely re-entered the restaurant industry and worked as a spaghetti server at Buster T. Browne's. He later moved to Zino's in Clifton, the Coffee Shop at Stouffer's Hotel, and in 1980 to Les Palmiers, a French Restaurant in the newly refurbished Union Terminal. It was here Richard tasted quality French food and wine for the first time. He knew immediately that he wanted to work in the best French restaurants in the city.


Richard began his new path as a server at the Mobil 4 Star - Pigall's French Restaurant.  In 1985, he moved to the nation's longest Mobile 5 Star Restaurant—Maisonette—where he served first as Captain and then Maitre d'. He worked with Jean-Robert de Cavel at Maisonette until 2000. Following, he moved to the Palace in the Cincinnatian Hotel. In 2002 Richard and Jean-Robert teamed up again to open Jean-Robert at Pigall's. In 2009, Richard became General Manager at Boca in Oakley. Today, as a owner-partner of Restaurant L, he brings his more than forty years experience with him.

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