Who Is Esther?

We wouldn’t be here without Esther. She wrote the check that sent Chef Trees off to the CIA (after all, someone had to get him out of Alfio’s kitchen). Great-aunt Esther was a tough, smart, no-nonsense type who cared about people and gave good advice. “She was a big support to my mom when I was growing up, and that was huge,” says Trees. “She was always there for us.” 

When she passed in 2016 she left James a nest egg – the money he needed to finally open his own restaurant.

The restaurant is named in her honor because everyone has someone like Aunt Esther – and whoever that person was, when you walk in the door we want you to feel like you’re at their house. We want you to feel cared for.

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