August 6, 2015
By:Nora McGunnigle, Eater NOLA
Willa Jean, the bakery, restaurant, coffee shop and bar from Besh Group chefs Kelly Fieldsand Lisa White, opened its doors to the public today in the brand new Paramount building on the corner of O'Keefe and Girod.
Fields named the spot after her grandmother, who she says was "100% where I got my personality — sarcastic, witty, kind of a smart ass. But also open and full of love. She's the one who taught me it's OK to be exactly who I am." That accepting nature is the driving force behind the vision of the restaurant opening today. Fields says that the space is where everyone can be themselves, and where she can express her love of food and hospitality. "This space feeds me in ways that inspire me creatively, and I want that for everyone," she adds.