Hailing from humble beginnings in Baton Rouge, LA, owner/operator Joshua Kopel wanted to bring a little bit of The South to Southern California. In 2010 he opened Five0Four, a New Orleans style bar, in Hollywood. Four years later, Kopel looked to DTLA, broadened his focus from Bourbon Street to The South as a whole, and opened up Preux & Proper. After a rocky first year in The Fashion District, Kopel was ready call it quits. In walks Sammy Monsour, a third generation chef that grew up in his father’s kitchen in Chapel Hill, NC. Kopel and Monsour hit it off instantly, and what came to fruition was the best kind of Southern. Monsour’s food ecompasses his classical training at the CIA, his Lebanese ancestry, and his Southern roots. It’s like your grandma’s food went to school, traveled around the world, and came back to you beautifully plated with one hell of a story to tell. What Kopel and Monsour have done at Preux & Proper is create a truly authentic experience. You can feel it as you walk in, it surrounds you as you dine, as you drink, and then as you drink some more; and Josh and Sammy hope you take a little bit of their Southern Culture home with you. It is their mission to inspire Southern culture and hospitality throughout thier restaurant and community.
Joshua is an entrepreneur, restaurateur and environmental advocate. Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the spawn of bootleggers and retail giants, he was bred for the hospitality industry. Throughout Kopel’s 20+ year career in food and beverage he has managed venues ranging from the Alligator Bayou Bar, located on Alligator Bayou Road, seated on Alligator Bayou (it was exactly how you’re picturing it in your mind) to the hottest Hollywood nightclubs, bars, and ultra-lounges (far less glamorous than you’re picturing it in your mind). Kopel went independent in 2010, partnering with Mark Egland to opening their first concept Five0Four, a New Orleans-inspired bar, on the Walk of Fame in the heart of Hollywood. Four years later, their sophomore effort, Preux & Proper, opened cementing his role as an arbitrator of taste in all things Southern within the confines of the city of Los Angeles. Joshua currently resides in Sherman Oaks with his wonderful wife Kat and beloved pup Badgley, and rumor has it, he's got a brand new baby girl on the way!
Sammy Monsour is a third generation chef, cookbook author and food activist. You may recognize him from his numerous appearances on Food Network, Travel Channel and Hallmark. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and veteran of several professional kitchens, with roots stemming from his parent’s neighborhood joint in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His passion for sustainability, application of modern technique and devotion to cooking with soul are staples throughout his interpretation of regional Southern cuisine. His cooking has received acknowledgment and acclaim from many great American food institutions, including James Beard Foundation, Eater, American Culinary Federation and Zagat. He is the Executive Chef / Co-Owner of Preux & Proper and South City Fried Chicken, Chefs Collaborative LA Locals Leader and member of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Blue Ribbon Task Force. Sammy currently resides in Downtown Los Angeles with his girlfriend Kass, their dog Loretta Lynn and two Siberian cats Baby Dexter and Gator.