On the Line: Jim Walker and Louie Feinstein of The Bungalow, Part Two
Our second piece of good news also explains why Louie has been the primary responder to our line of questioning. At the time of this meeting, Jim Walker was a week away from tying the knot! As any reasonable reporter might do, we cut him a little slack and wished him congratulations. Now, where were we? Read our interview with Jim and Louie, part one. And now, on to part two . . . How did the two of you meet? Louie Feinstein: Met through the industry [Editor's Note: Technically, they met playing golf many years ago at a charity event.] Hardest lesson you've learned: L.F.: To be patient; good things come to people who are patient.
Is there a secret to finding parking at The Bungalow? Or do we need to be better parallel parkers? L.F.: We have a great valet, and there is a good parking lot a block away.
When you're not in the kitchen, what are you doing? L.F.: I am not in the kitchen as much as maybe I would like. I do have a passion for development, but I am a front of the house guy. Jim Walker: I have friends that I've been playing backgammon with for the last 30 years. I'm also president of the city's restaurant association.
How does Northern California living compare to Southern? L.F.: I miss Northern California, especially San Francisco. But I have been in the OC for 23 years, and it is a great place to raise a family. The big difference is the pace; things are much faster in the Southland. The restaurant scene in the Bay Area is fantastic.
What's your favorite childhood memory? L.F.: Hanging out at my uncle's ranch in the Santa Cruz mountains. As a kid, that's where I learned how to ride horses.
Last book read: L.F.: James Patterson's Cross My Heart.
What would you be doing if you weren't in the industry? L.F.: I should have listened to my father (who was a doctor) and gone to medical school. J.W.: I'd love to be a landlord. What I'd really like to be doing is have a place in the mountains on the lake where I can fish, enjoy nature and boat.
Last thing you looked up online: L.F.: Good health tips. J.W.: I looked up wedding vows. We agreed to say our own.
Tell us something most people don't know about you. L.F.: I grew up in SF during the late sixties, and none could ever duplicate that era . . being a hippie.
Is there anything you'd like readers to know that we haven't covered? L.F.: If they want a dining experience where we genuinely care about their dining experience, they must try The Bungalow. J.W.: It's more than just what you see. Diners walk by the patio and downstairs dining room all the time.
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