Eddie's whole family is a family of restaurateurs (his cousins own Anita's Kitchen just on the other side of Woodward from John D), but when Eddie decided to open John D, he wanted to do something a little different.
“My advice is to not be afraid to try something new. You never know, it could end up being your family specialty!”
MEET THE OWNER
Eddie's whole family is a family of restaurateurs (his cousins own Anita's Kitchen just on the other side of Woodward from John D), but when Eddie decided to open John D, he wanted to do something a little different. "I come from a restaurant family so the next logical step was to own my own restaurant," he explains. "I didn't want to do what my family has always done, the Lebanese. I wanted more of a loungey kind of place. I didn't know what direction to go with the menu until I got Adis."
“I love Ferndale because the people are laid back and they really know their food over here,” Farah said. “I’ve been hanging out in the city since 2001 and I just love it. When the building became available, it just felt like home. I feel so comfortable here.”
There have been a lot of new restaurants that have opened in Ferndale recently and several more to come. But Eddie isn't worried. He has found that the community spirit of Ferndale trumps all aspects of competition, and the businesses all work together towards a common goal. "We’re all going to bring different people into the city," he says. "We all want people to come into the city."
MEET THE CHEF
When owner Eddie Farah went looking for a new head chef among the industry’s movers and shakers, he found exactly the passion and innovation he was seeking in Scott Breazeale. His zeal for experimenting with new techniques and finding new ways to reinvent classic dishes makes Chef Scott perfectly suited for the hip vibe and diverse palate that defines Ferndale. The menu he has created since arriving at John D reflects not only his extensive training and experience, but his understanding of how to draw upon different cultures and traditions while putting his own stamp of creativity on each dish.
According to Chef Scott, “The menu will change seasonally, which is good, because I’m passionate about trying new things. I’m constantly learning and finding new inspiration in different flavor profiles, which is why I’m at the bookstore a couple of times a week studying recipes, I enjoy thinking of ways to re-create them and make them my own. I like keeping up with food trends that are going on in other cool cities too, for instance recently I’ve been checking out what’s going on Montreal, and this fall’s menu will have a bit of a French appeal. I also love to sit down with my chef buddies over some bourbon to chat about our ideas, we really spur each other on to be more creative, and we can also reel each other back in if we’re getting too far out there,” he laughs. He encourages at-home cooks to do the same, saying, “My advice is to not be afraid to try something new. You never know, it could end up being your family specialty!”
We took some time to sit down with Scott Breazeale, Executive Chef at Ferndale’s John D Bistro, to discuss his most recent menu change.
This stylish yet casual spot brings something just a little different to the eclectic mix that is Ferndale
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Ferndale’s new John D Bistro is set to open Saturday in the old Club Bart space on Woodward with a contemporary American menu and an interior the owner describes as “urban decay meets modern design.”
Eddie Farah's soon-to-open Ferndale restaurant, John D Bistro, will serve up unique cuisine that "appeals to all the senses," convey a Ferndale vibe that Farah's come to know after years of frequenting the city's top spots and do it in an atmosphere that says "cosmopolitan".