JP Beer Garden hopes to be a neighborhood restaurant with a locally-sourced, seasonal menu and thoughtfully-curated craft beer program that have both been influenced by Pan-Germanic cuisine.
Chef/Owner Owen Royce-Nagel
Owen was born and raised in Dorchester, MA. After various culinary moves around the globe (London, North Carolina, Seattle, Sweden), he landed on the opening team of Eastern Standard in Kenmore Square with Jamie Bisonnette. From there, he studied under Tony Maws at Craigie Street Bistrot and helped open Craigie On Main. It was at the Bistrot that Owen met Lizzie, and the two of them adventured to Alsace, France, living and working on a cheese farm for six months. Before returning to Boston, he and Lizzie spent three years in Chicago, where Owen was on the line and a kitchen manager for Paul Kahan's Publican restaurant. On their way back to Boston, they spent a summer on Nantucket, where Owen worked as a Sous Chef for Gabriel Frasca's Straight Wharf Restaurant. He then helped open Row 34, cooking under Chef de Cuisine Francisco Millan in Boston's up-and-coming Fort Point neighborhood.
Currently, Owen has moved his career to his own neighborhood and after cooking at Tres Gatos for 4 years, he moved up the street to its sister restaurant, Casa Verde, as the head chef. He and his wife, Lizzie, live in Jamaica Plain and enjoy listening to vinyl late-night in their kitchen, and taking their Bernese Mountain Dog, Winston, on long walks in the Arboretum.
General Manager/Owner Lizzie Szczepaniak
Born in Lake Forest, Illinois, Lizzie spent the first half of her life in Virginia, and then Michigan. She fell in love with the city of Boston while attending Boston University for the French Horn. Post-college, Lizzie hopped around a few restaurant gigs until landing at Craigie Street Bistrot. It was here that she fell in love with the industry, trained as an expeditor and manager under Tony Maws, and met her future husband. She and Owen helped Chef Maws open Craigie on Main, and then moved to live and work on a cheese farm in Alsace, France.
After France came a move to Chicago, where Lizzie worked her way up to management at Paul Kahan's Publican, and then moved on to be the General Manager for a small Belgian bistro.
3 years in Chicago flew by, followed by a move back to Boston and stints at Straight Wharf Restaurant in Nantucket, opening Row 34 in Fort Point, slinging spritzes during patio season at Coppa, and curating the beer and cordials program as the Director of @Urbanhops at The Urban Grape in Boston's South End. She is currently the General Manager at Sycamore in Newton Center. She enjoys baking her mom's infamous desserts, and doing jigsaw puzzles with her husband while their pup Winston snoozes on their feet.