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.
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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.