Laurent Masliah

Born and raised in Paris, Laurent Masliah named his new Beverly Hills restaurant after the river that meanders through the center of his hometown. Masliah grew up in the city’s 16tharrondissement with a mother who attended culinary school when he was young—providing him with a chance to eat well at home and develop his appreciation of fine food. He did not, however, follow in his mother’s footsteps. Instead, he was drawn to the world of finance and attended theÉcole Supérieure Libre des Sciences Commerciales Appliquéesis in Paris to study international business.

After graduating in 1992 and serving his mandatory year of public service, Masliah founded a company that sold coffee beans to grocery stores and operated retail outlets in Paris and Normandy. Looking for greater economic opportunities, he sold the stores and headed to North America, eventually settling in Los Angeles with his wife. In 2005, the resourceful entrepreneur took over 600 square feet of space at Beverly Hills’s chic Rodeo Collection to sell sandwiches. What began as simply two tables sitting outside the door mushroomed to 25 after the café, which he named A Cow Jumped Over the Moon, established a reputation for exceptional kosher food. When a larger restaurant space in the same complex became available in 2008, Masliah expanded his operation with a full gourmet menu to include a variety of dishes, including sushi. After Masliah closed A Cow Jumped Over the Moon in 2010, he took control of the former Lodge Steakhouse building on the stretch of La Cienega Boulevard renowned as Beverly Hills’s Restaurant Row for his latest venture, La Seine. Masliah Then organized and worked at a lot of successful kosher vacatio programs in Laguna Beach, Aspen, Whistler, Mammoth Lakes etc...