BISTRO 821 located on trendy, cosmopolitan Fifth Avenue South in the heart of historic Olde Naples brings a taste of Miami’s South Beach to the Gulf Coast. Our décor is colorful, warm, soothing, and sophisticated urban chic. We describe our Menu as Natural Fusion blending the very best and freshest that nature has to offer! We offer a variety of freshest Seafood, Choice Steaks, Pastas, and award winning desserts concentrating on the finest ingredients available daily.
Owners Bill Holcomb and Michele Longo
Bill and Michele both grew up in upstate New York, in the Finger Lakes Region. Both graduated in 1989 and moved to Naples in 1990 and were married in 1997.
Billy was part of the original opening team at Bistro 821, when it first opened in 1994. When the Bistro was sold Billy became the managing partner of Zoë’s in 1997.
During the summer of 2002 Billy and Michele had the opportunity to purchase the Bistro and jumped on the chance. Michele, with her personal touch and attention to details — flowers, decorations, and the overall layout, recreated the feel of the Bistro when it first opened bringing back the old good feeling and pleasant atmosphere that made it such a popular attraction on 5th Avenue. While Billy brought together a team of Managers, Servers and Bartenders and trained them in his way of “Taking care of the People”
Family: We have a 3-year old boy, Conor, with whom we spend all our free time away from the restaurant. He often spends hours in the restaurant during setup time “helping out.” Our family lives for the hospitality business. We thrive on putting out great food, good wine, and fun every night to a friendly crowd.
Executive Chef – Jess S Housman
I started working in the restaurant business in the mid-80’s. I began as a dishwasher at A Mexican Food restaurant on Cape Cod called Sam Diego’s. After a few months I was promoted to Prep Cook and then quickly promoted to Line Cook. As soon I got on the line and got thru my first night I was completely hooked. After working in several more restaurants I decided to go to Boston University and attend their new Chef Program. While attending, I worked with such chefs as Jacques Pepin, Julia Child, Todd English & Marcella Hazan. After successfully completing BU’s chef Program I worked as Sous Chef at Spinazzola’s Restaurant, The Chanterelle and La Alouette.
I moved to Naples and got a job at Michaels Café as sous chef. Then became the opening Chef at Bistro 821. I also helped open Bistro 41 in Ft. Myers as well as being the opening chef at Zoë’s here in Naples.