Team Behind San Diego's Michelin-Starred Jeune Et Jolie Announce New Restaurants

May 18, 2022

The team behind San Diego's Michelin-starred Jeune et Jolie have announced the forthcoming opening of two new restaurant concepts.

Opened in late 2018, Jeune Et Joie is a contemporary French-style bistro founded by owner John Resnick and his longtime friend and then-Executive Chef Andrew Bachelier, who initially teamed up to launch woodfire-based restaurant Campfire in 2016. Located only 400 feet up the street from Campfire, Jeune Et Jolie, which means "young and beautiful" in French and also pays homage to Resnick and Bachelier's daughters' middle names (Elsie June Resnick and Margot Jolie Bachelier), offers a seasonal French-fusion menu based around locally grown ingredients, as well as a raw bar with a focus on oysters. 

Jeune et Jolie was awarded a highly coveted Bib Gourmand honoration in the 2019 Michelin Guide California and received esteemed Michelin Star honors last fall under the leadership of its new Executive Chef Eric Bost. Chef Bachelier left the company last year and since teamed up with skateboard icon Tony Hawk to launch Chick & Hawk, a globally-inspired, locally-sourced, neighborhood restaurant & bar opening this summer in San Diego's Encinitas.

Resnick and Chef Bost have taken over a 10,000 square-foot warehouse space only 350 feet away from Jeune et Jolie and will build two new restaurant concepts. Wildland will be a casual, all-day eatery and bar featuring handmade pastas and entrees cooked via rotisserie grill and wood-fired pizza oven. Next door, Lilo will be an upscale, reservations only fine dining restaurant with only 22 seats. Named after a term from author John Koenig's The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, Lilo is a portmanteau of 'lifelong' and 'lie low' that means a "friendship that can lie dormant for years only to pick right back up instantly, as if no time had passed since you last saw each other." 

Wildland and Lilo are anticipated to open in late 2023 at 2598 State Street in San Diego's North County city of Carlsbad.