Lee Ann Frahm Izzo, Owner/Manager
Lee Ann started her restaurant career in 2002 as a part-time bartender at a neighborhood family-owned Irish bar in New York City, while working full-time as a retail buyer at Bloomingdales. She left Bloomingdales to pursue the restaurant business full-time in 2010 and has since managed the opening of two restaurants, Edison Place of Queens NY and Baci Café of Danville CA. She made her way to San Francisco in 2014 and assumed a Management role at Waterbar, a lively restaurant on the Embarcadero where she managed the front of house staff. She also passed the Introductory Sommelier Exam last May in Napa.
Aside from working in restaurants, Lee Ann has done more than a dozen triathlons, enjoys hanging with her family and friends, and maintains a chalk art business that she does artwork for local bars and restaurants, as well as specialty boards for families and weddings.
Lee Ann grew up in Stamford, Connecticut for her early childhood then moved to Danville, California. She is also a graduate of Indiana University.
Steven Izzo, Owner/Manager
Steven Izzo brings over 25 years of experience to Dobbs Ferry, as the former Beverage Director & Sommelier at Waterbar, which he began at in the fall of 2007 to help them build the beverage program from the ground up for the eventual restaurant opening in January 2008. Izzo maintained an extensive collection of both domestic and international wines, as well as the classically minded cocktail & spirits program.
Steven started his career as a bartender near his hometown in 1986 at a lively dockside restaurant in Guilford, Connecticut. After years of working in a variety of east coast fine-dining establishments he made his way to California finally settling in San Francisco in 1996. He spent 11 years (1996-2007) at One Market, starting as a bartender then eventually moving into the role as the Beverage Director.
Steven has participated as a member of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Wine Tasting Panel, and currently serves as a judge for both the San Francisco International Wine Competition and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Izzo has passed The Court of Masters Sommelier’s Certifiied level exam and plans to sit for the Advanced Sommelier exam next year.
Mike Yakura, Executive Chef
Michael Yakura was the Corporate Chef of Ozumo Concepts International which manages and oversees the Ozumo Restaurants in San Francisco, Oakland and Santa Monica, as well as the Sonoma Wine Garden, a new “wine bar” concept. Ozumo is a contemporary Japanese restaurant that specializes in all aspects of Japanese cuisine from sushi, robata-yaki, tempura, and nabemono in an upscale interior with polished service. For 4 and-a-half years Yakura was at the helm of the San Francisco Ozumo and was proud to finally be able to craft the cuisine of his family’s heritage. After all it was the influence of his 102 year-old grandmother and his Nisei (second generation Japanese) parents that inspired him to move away from a career in design and pursue a professional culinary career.
In 2003 Yakura was appointed the Executive Chef at Le Colonial San Francisco, and continued the restaurant’s tradition of serving contemporary Vietnamese cuisine with French colonial influences. His enhancement of the menu brought the restaurant to three-star status as determined by the San Francisco Chronicle’s Michael Bauer, and he was honored as one of the “Rising Star Chefs of 2006”.
Yakura received a Bachelor of Arts in Design from San Francisco State University in 1995 and worked professionally in the design field as a graphic designer and project manager. He has also appeared on the television programs Bravo’s Top Chef (season 1 and 2), California Country and Feast or Famine, a culinary reality show that he co-hosted for almost three years. When away from his busy life in the kitchen, Yakura, enjoys spending time with his wife Andrea and their three children Miles, Davis and Sami.