In Profile: Joe Fournier

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Joe Fournier is the Bonbonniere club in New York, London and Mykonos and has recently opened Hotel Chantelle in Marylebone…

What attracted you to Marylebone as the site of Hotel Chantelle?

Marylebone is already a hot spot full of A-list celebrities and upcoming restaurants and cafe’s. It’s the perfect location to start a restaurant and attracts the Mayfair crowd as well as A-listers who frequent the area.

What encouraged you to move from nightclubs/bars to the restaurant scene?

Nightclubs are fantastic high energy venues which are the only places which can attract anyone from any different background – whether you are a young student, an established businessman, a billionaire, a music star or an A-list actor. I wanted to use my wealth of contacts and apply it to a new avenue which is restaurants because it mixes the skills I learnt operating top nightlife establishments whilst providing the customer service and consistently high quality of food which I think we have done with the huge media buzz Hotel Chantelle has created.

What’s been the highlight of your year so far?

Being deemed the Richard Branson of nightlife and featured for my business acumen following the successes of BonBonniere London, New York, Mykonos, Streaky Gin and Hotel Chantelle launching. It’s flattering.

Your job must be fun – do you have a favourite part?

I love giving people the very best experiences at my venues and creating branded concepts which people enjoy and take with them as memorable experiences. I dare to be different, unique, and I love creating an atmosphere where everyone can feel like a rockstar.

Any favourites on the menu at Hotel Chantelle?

I highly recommend the chicken and waffle which is presented like candy floss – and the lamb.

Can we expect a celebrity clientele at Hotel Chantelle, like many of your other venues?

Yes. We already have had a few high profile A-list actors and musicians who have personally requested private hires and tables. You will see them shortly…

Where else do you spend time in Marylebone?

I live in between Miami and my new BonBonniere Mykonos but when in Marylebone, I do love dinners at Chiltern Firehouse and popping into Selfridges.


Hotel Chantelle opened on Marylebone’s Orchard Street in July.


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