Having been raised in St. Louis, it really isn’t surprising that Barbie has always had a passion for Italian cuisine. What is surprising is that she would open an Italian restaurant. After all, being trained in Cardiology is far removed from owning and operating a successful restaurant. But being the ever optimistic person that she is, Barbie opened Lomonte’s in 1986. Those early years were tough, but proved to be valuable in building a successful business that is still going strong today. Her passion for traditional Italian fare is evident from the home-cooked delights to her “to-die-for” sauces.
John Alvarez(General Manager)
John Alvarez began his career at Lomonte’s in 1999 at the age of 20. While working at Lomonte’s, John realized that he had a real passion for the restaurant business. John went on to study restaurant management and returned to us in 2009 as a key member of our management staff. John oversees the front of the house operations. John’s passion for service derives from years of restaurant experience at some of Houston’s finest restaurants. “John easily became part of the Lomonte’s family, his energy draws people to him and he is such a people person”. As Barbie describes, “He came back to us with great ideas and a wealth of knowledge.
Cody Johnson has been in the restaurant business since his first job as a server at the age of 16. He spent most of these years with Goode Co. Seafood as a bartender. Moved into management when he signed on with The Union Kitchen restaurants and has been with Lomonte's since January 2017. He has known Barbie for over 20 years while growing up with her children. Cody has his BBA in Marketing from the U of H and also earned his Level 1 Wine Sommelier certification with The Court of Master Sommeliers.
Jose "Paz" Cruz(Kitchen Manager)
Paz has been with Lomonte’s from the first day our doors opened. He has proven to be very influential and important in making Lomonte’s what it is today. With hard work, Paz has elevated himself into the position of kitchen manager. He is responsible for the training and development of our kitchen staff. Paz has often said, “The way I love to cook for my family is the way I love cooking for each of you and for every entrée that is ordered”. Everyone who knows Paz knows that he puts his heart into every dish. Barbie and the staff of Lomonte’s is very appreciative for Paz’s hard work, his years of service and the passion he brings to Lomonte’s.