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Marissa Hermer

Co-Founder & President

Boujis Group

Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Marissa Hermer’s Biography

Marissa Hermer is a restaurateur, entrepreneur, author and Co-Founder & President of Boujis Group.

Hermer has created issima, a tribute to the estival euro beach holiday, featuring wood fired-fare, hedonistic cocktails and nightly DJs at La Peer Hotel as well as a fine-dining experience at the widely acclaimed Olivetta, offering a cuisine and ambiance rooted in the Mediterranean lifestyle with California sensibility. She is also the owner of The Draycott, a family brasserie-café and flagship restaurant of Caruso’s Palisades Village that draws inspiration from London life and features classic meals made from fresh local products with British inflection. At the onset of the COVID pandemic, she launched You Give. We Cook. They Eat, a fundraiser run by both restaurants to provide meals for first responders and frontline workers.

Hermer also co-founded the healthy packaged food brand, Maverick Snacks, in response to the overwhelming childhood obesity problem and lack of wholesome snack options for kids.

Her first foray into the restaurant industry was in New York City working with Ian Schrager to open Gramercy Park Hotel, among other successful endeavors. In London, she used this experience to create locally-loved spots with Ignite Group – a UK-based international food, beverage and entertainment corporation – including Boujis, Eclipse and Bumpkin restaurants. Hermer also launched solo project Top Dog Diner, a gourmet hot dog restaurant using flavor combinations from the US alongside British ingredients.

Hermer tapped into her California childhood to author 'An American Girl in London: 120 Nourishing Recipes for Your Family from a California Expat'. Recipes reflect fresh takes on comforting British dishes with a bit of sunshine from her SoCal roots. She also starred in the American reality television show, Bravo TV’s 'Ladies of London', following the lives of six expat women in London.

She holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Middlebury College.

Marissa’s Newsfeed

Marissa Hermer of Olivetta and The Draycott is the Mama Lion of Restaurateurs

Since opening her second restaurant Olivetta in West Hollywood a month before the pandemic, Marissa Hermer has been riding a roller coaster blind. “It’s like playing restaurant whack-a-mole,” she tells L.A. Weekly over a dish of Weiser Farms toybox melons and prosciutto at her new pop up.

Forbes
5 Ways To Strengthen Your Restaurant Business During Covid-19

Restaurant owners across the country are grappling with the challenges of the worst crisis the industry has know since the onset of Covid-19 closings, re-openings and regulations. Marissa Hermer, owner of widely hailed Los Angeles-based restaurant duo Olivetta and The Draycott, recently shared she feels as though she and her team “are riding a roller coaster blindfolded. Even during the good days, the role of a food and beverage worker is akin to a firefighter – we put on a daily show, and constantly anticipate a little metaphorical fire around every corner as each service is treated like opening night, and yet, unlike Broadway, our cast of characters changes...”

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Marissa’s Background

Boujis Group
Co-Founder & President
May 2021 - Present
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Boujis Group specializes in establishing unique Food & Beverage concepts around the world, while focusing on enhanced dining and nightlife experiences for its customers. It has successfully created London, Europe and Asia’s most beloved restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.
issima
Owner
May 2021 - Present
Los Angeles, CA, USA
issima is a tribute to the estival euro beach holiday. It features wood-fired fare, hedonistic cocktails and nightly DJs, tucked in a hidden cove at La Peer Hotel.
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Marissa’s Gallery

Current Board Positions

Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors
2019 - Present
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Marissa serves as a member of the community of business owners who are working hard to bring new ideas and plan events to engage the local community and inspire growth.

Philanthropy

YOU GIVE. WE COOK. THEY EAT.
Founder
Apr 2020 - Present
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Marissa has facilitated the delivery of donated meals to the frontline workers and medical staff at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica, UCLA Westwood, Children’s Hospital LA, St. John’s Hospital as well as the needy and the elderly.

Media

Ladies of London
Featured Cast Member
London, UK
Marissa was one of the six 'Ladies of London', an American reality television series that aired on Bravo between 2014 and 2017. The series followed the lives of six women who live in London as they balance their social lives, businesses, and families.

Publications

An American Girl in London
Author
Apr 2017
Marissa created a cookbook drawing inspiration from her American upbringing and combining it with the best of British cuisine.

Marissa’s Education

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Middlebury College
BA, Psychology and Sociology
1999 - 2003