Niall and Nancy were partners in Mezza Luna before becoming sole owners in November 2007. Prior to that, they owned a successful craft gallery, Hibernia, that was a beaches fixture for eighteen years and before that both had restaurant experience. Nancy helped her niece open the area’s first serious vegetarian restaurant and Niall owned and operated a four star hotel in Ireland. In April 2014 they decided on the name change to Mezza Restaurant and Bar and the move to embrace more culinary influences than simply Italian.
Justin studied at the Florida Culinary Institute in West Palm Beach before training with the Ritz Carlton organization and then working in various establishments in Colorado, rising to the position of Executive Chef at Ajax Tavern in the well known Little Nell Hotel in Aspen. He comes to us from his most recent position as Executive Sous Chef of the DBGB Kitchen and Bar in Washington D.C. DBGB is part of renowned French born chef Daniel Boulud’s restaurant empire. Justin was part of the team that opened the restaurant, but once it was up and running and successful, he determined to settle his family in a smaller town or city. We are happy that he chose Neptune Beach as the next chapter in his life together with his wife Lisa, three year old daughter Madilyn and baby Victoria.
Beth Ann is a native of Syracuse, New York. She moved to Jacksonville after a number of years in Atlanta where she was a mainstay at Vickery’s Bar and Grill in Midtown. On moving to Jacksonville, she sought out a similar place to work and, lucky for us, found Mezza. After eight years working her way through the ranks, Beth Ann is now our General Manager and is a priceless asset in keeping the restaurant running smoothly.
Eric has been an established chef in the Beaches area for almost 25 years. He has been a part of the Mezza family for the past 8 years, and after a brief hiatus, has returned to us as Sous Chef. Eric is best know for creating exciting dishes in a high pressure kitchen, while making it all look easy.