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Paul Berglund Joins Massively Successful Pizza Business

Ann Kim’s restaurant group hires the award winning chef

Chef Paul Berglund, Ann Kim’s newest hire

The company is known for perfect little pepperonis, wonderfully chewy crust, photo booths and soft serve, but now, Ann Kim’s expanding restaurant group can also count on the impressive culinary prowess of chef Paul Berglund.

Last month Berglund left the The Bachelor Farmer, the restaurant he helmed since it first opened in 2011. In 2016 he won the James Beard Award for Best Chef Midwest for his work there.

The company, collectively known as Vestalia, is run by chef Ann Kim and her husband and partner Conrad Leifur. It operates Pizzeria Lola, Hello Pizza and Young Joni. All serve pizza, and dot the menu with a few touches of Korean dishes inspired by Kim’s family.

Ann Kim wearing a black and white striped shirt and blue apron leans on a chair, one hand on her hip inside the dining room at Young Joni
The pizza queen of the Twin Cities: Ann Kim inside Young Joni
Katie Cannon / Eater Twin Cities

Berglund will act as culinary director for the group, an umbrella position over the restaurants. In a statement Kim said that no current, large scale menu changes are planned for the restaurants. For now, a representative for the group says, “Paul will be working with the chefs and kitchen staff in all three restaurants to learn menus and processes, beginning to provide mentorship and leadership direction.”

Young Joni

165 13th Avenue Northeast, , MN 55413 (612) 345-5719 Visit Website

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