Ryan, the grandson of restaurant founder Harold Legaux, Sr., along with his wife Jessica, formed Legaux Holding LLC and purchased Harold and Belles Restaurant.
The restaurant has a rich history in keeping alive the heritage and culture of Louisiana in Los Angeles. The new company will include not only the restaurant, but will also revive their catering and concession divisions.
Harold and Belles Restaurant opened their doors in September 1969. They opened with the theme in mind of being a place where friends could gather, talk and socialize. The restaurant specializes in Creole Cuisine with mouth watering Gumbo, seafood platters and Crawfish Etouffee dishes to name a few. Deeply rooted in the community they plan to serve the local area while attracting visitors from all over as a “must go” destination. You’ll come for the food, but will be back for the superb service.
Ryan grew up in the family business and started at the bottom and worked his way up the food ladder. He graduated from UC Davis where he received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Food Science and Management. Under his leadership the restaurant also received the “Maitre D’ of the Year Award” as well as the “Golden Bacchus Award” from the Southern California Restaurant Writers. To broaden his scope he studied abroad in Marseilles, France, gaining an international perspective on the modern business world.
Jessica and Ryan met while in high school. Eventually they began dating and the rest is history. Jessica is not just a pretty face, she graduated from California State University, Northridge with a degree in Sociology. When working in the community it’s very important to understand the study of people and society. But she didn’t stop there, she also brought to the family business experience from working with food and customer service at California Pizza Kitchen. When she started working at Harold & Belles, she rolled up her sleeves and learned just about every position available. She stands united with her husband in taking the family business into the next decade.
Together, Ryan and Jessica will upgrade the restaurant, making changes that will appeal to a wide variety of guests while keeping the essence of days gone by. Their plans include being more involved with community ventures through their catering, concessions and spices. You can keep up with us through Facebook and Twitter.
Wendy Gladney Dean