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Meet the Owners

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Jason & Julia:

They’re husband and wife, cook and hostess, mom and dad, Chef and owners. They met at a demanding, iconic restaurant in the heart of downtown Charleston. He was the Chef, she was the Assistant Manager and their paths were destined to become one.

Julia is the daughter of a fisherman and restaurateur. She grew up with sand between her toes, a mischievous sparkle in her eye, and a love for the Carolina coast. Stella’s is very much a product of her imagination, creativity, and childhood. A Johnson & Wales graduate, she’s managed restaurants big and small but prefers the dining room at Stella’s. She now spends much of her time with their daughters, Eleanor and Margaret and their yellow lab, Rigby.

Jason is a son of Louisville, KY. His mom was a successful caterer and he was soon at her side. She instilled in him the lessons of the kitchen; timeliness, efficiency of movement, and respect for the ingredients. He progressed through the kitchen ranks of Louisville, then Charleston and soon landed at the kitchen of Charleston’s most respected Chef, Frank Lee. Now at the helm of Stella’s he incorporates a lifetime of lessons in his daily work ethic.

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Jason:

Jason is a son of Louisville, KY. His mom was a successful caterer and he was soon at her side. She instilled in him the lessons of the kitchen; timeliness, efficiency of movement, and respect for the ingredients. He progressed through the kitchen ranks of Louisville, then Charleston and soon landed at the kitchen of Charleston’s most respected Chef, Frank Lee. Now at the helm of Stella’s he incorporates a lifetime of lessons in his daily work ethic.

 

Julia:
Julia is from Hilton Head Island, SC. She grew up on the beach and on the water. Her father was an avid fisherman, so every local seafood species hit their dinner table when it was in season. Having owned a restaurant himself, he took pride in the preparation of family meals. Julia’s appreciation for fresh ingredients & local seafood began early in her life. As a teen she worked in busy restaurants on the Island when she knew she was hooked! Julia attended Johnson & Wales in Charleston, where she earned an Associate's Degree in Culinary Arts & Bachelor's Degree in Food Service Management. After graduating college in 2001, Julia was hired at Slightly North of Broad in Charleston. She worked her way through the restaurant as a server, tending bar, assistant manager & ultimately restaurant manager. In 2006 she moved to Greenville to assist in the opening of High Cotton Restaurant as Restaurant Manager. Julia and her husband Jason took advantage of the opportunity to own their own restaurant in August of 2008. They opened Stella’s Southern Bistro in Simpsonville, SC highlighting friendly service & excellent cuisine served in a relaxed atmosphere. They are enthusiastic about sourcing as many local ingredients as they can find, and supporting local farmers. Stella’s cuisine is inspired by the coastal Carolinas' and the American south. Stella’s is the ideal place for a unique dining experience. The menu is very seasonal- constantly changing to highlight ingredients at their peak.

Our Team

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Stella:

She was our first love. A kind-hearted, loyal, and rambunctious Black Labrador that loved life, loved visitors, and us. Stella is no longer with us but she inspires us daily & she is represented in the spirit of the restaurant. We try to treat our customers with the same sort of qualities that Stella showed us; genuine affection, full of energy, lighthearted, and always happy to see a friend!

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Jeena Fox - General Manager

She’s known by her ebullient smile and bustling personality. She’s always on the go yet she breezes through our busiest nights with a grace worthy of ballroom impresario. Jeena is the face of Stella’s, the one everyone sees at the front podium, at their table, behind the bar or on the phone. Jeena stands ready to open a bottle of champagne, describe our latest Spanish red, or crunch numbers into a sales spread sheet. She’s just one of the reasons we are who we are and we’re so grateful for her. We hope you are, too.

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Caitlyn Foster- Group Dining & Marketing Manager

Caitlyn’s love for planning celebrations and private events will shine through your next event you host at Stella’s. She has over 10 years of experience in all things hospitality- weddings, hotels, food and beverage. She has always had the heart and passion for hospitality. Caitlyn has been a part of the Stella’s Family since 2011 and ventured off to work at a wedding venue and plan private events for other properties. In winter of 2020 she re-joined our team as Group Dining Manager for both of Stella’s locations in Simpsonville & Greenville. Caitlyn works closely with both of our Executive Chefs to create a unique menu for your occasion. She’ll see to it that you create lifelong memories that your guests will always remember. When she is not planning your perfect celebration or event, Caitlyn loves to travel, enjoy amazing food... and all things Taylor Swift.

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Telephone. 864-757-1212
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Hours. Lunch: Tuesday- Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 5:30pm - 9pm
Friday & Saturday 5:30pm - 10pm
Brunch: Saturday 11:30am - 2:30pm
Sunday 10:30am - 2pm
Location. 684 Fairview Rd
Simpsonville, SC 29680
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