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Matt Hermer

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Boujis Group

Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Matt Hermer’s Biography

Matt Hermer is CEO and Founder of Boujis Group, which establishes unique Food and Beverage concepts around the world. In November 2018, Matt opened his first restaurant rollout concept, The Draycott. This flagship restaurant is located in Palisades Village, Rick Caruso’s development in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles. Matt also opened Olivetta in late December 2019 in West Hollywood, and then in August 2020 opened Olivetta on Holiday at La Peer hotel. In September 2021, Matt opened his newest concept, Issima, at La Peer Hotel.

In October 2020, Matt set up a $100m distressed Food & Beverage Fund with a major international credit group. This fund is now focused on deals within the US and UK, and is currently working on several corporate acquisitions.

Prior to this, Matt was the Founder of the UK-based Ignite Group, which he sold in 2018. Ignite Group owned several international award-winning premium bars, clubs, and restaurants. With his 25-year career in investment banking and hospitality background, Matt helped revolutionize London’s failing cocktail culture in 1998 when he launched...
Matt Hermer is CEO and Founder of Boujis Group, which establishes unique Food and Beverage concepts around the world. In November 2018, Matt opened his first restaurant rollout concept, The Draycott. This flagship restaurant is located in Palisades Village, Rick Caruso’s development in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles. Matt also opened Olivetta in late December 2019 in West Hollywood, and then in August 2020 opened Olivetta on Holiday at La Peer hotel. In September 2021, Matt opened his newest concept, Issima, at La Peer Hotel.

In October 2020, Matt set up a $100m distressed Food & Beverage Fund with a major international credit group. This fund is now focused on deals within the US and UK, and is currently working on several corporate acquisitions.

Prior to this, Matt was the Founder of the UK-based Ignite Group, which he sold in 2018. Ignite Group owned several international award-winning premium bars, clubs, and restaurants. With his 25-year career in investment banking and hospitality background, Matt helped revolutionize London’s failing cocktail culture in 1998 when he launched the Eclipse Bars in London, Istanbul, and the W Hotel in Barcelona. Matt also created the world-renowned nightclub, Boujis. Now sold, Boujis proved to be a huge decade-long success. With venues in London and Hong Kong, Boujis boasted a high-profile clientele of aristocracy and A-list celebrities. Matt also played an instrumental role in London’s farm-to-table movement, opening a number of Bumpkin restaurants in London that received outstanding reviews and praise for their commitment to using sustainable seasonal British produce.
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Matt Hermer’s Newsfeed

Eater
18 Restaurants to Spot Celebrities in Los Angeles

Matt and Marissa Hermer's Olivetta has been listed as one of Eater's "18 Restaurants to Spot Celebrities in Los Angeles."

Los Angeles Magazine
Best Restaurants 2022: Our Favorite Scene

Matt Hermer's Issima has been recognized by Los Angeles Magazine as the best new scene for its creative menu and fun aesthetic.

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Matt Hermer’s Background

Boujis Group
Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Jan 2018 - 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.
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Ignite Group
Founder & CEO
1998 - 2018
London, UK
The Ignite Group is popular for its famous Eclipse Bars, Bumpkin restaurants, and Boujis nightclubs.

Previous Board Positions

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La Bottega
Chairman
2013 - 2015
London, UK
La Bottega is a London-based chain of upmarket Italian delicatessens.

Philanthropy

NSPCC
Fundraising Board Member
London, UK
The NSPCC is the UK's leading children's charity, preventing abuse and helping those affected to recover.

Memberships

YPO Bel Air Chapter
Member
Los Angeles, CA, USA
YPO is the premier global leadership organization for more than 27,000 chief executives in over 130 countries and the global platform for them to engage, learn & grow.
LACMA, Director's Circle
Patron
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Director's Circle is LACMA's highest level philanthropic patron group, offering opportunities to connect with other patrons and learn about the museum's exciting efforts in the areas of architecture, education, fashion, and showcasing women in the arts.

Matt Hermer’s Education

University of Reading
BA (Hons) | Politics & History

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