The Sylvan’s Secret Garden
Situated amid the lushly landscaped courtyard behind the Kimpton Sylvan Hotel, Willow Bar aims to be Buckhead’s friendliest backyard, come rain or come shine. Take a seat at the intimate covered white marble bar or wander the lantern-lit garden paths to find your secret spot.
Meet the team
Exec. Chef Brandon Chavannes
Born to Jamaican and Norwegian immigrants, Chef Brandon developed his worldly palate early on. But whether the menu featured ackee or herring, the most important part of any family meal was its ability to bring people together. Brandon has carried those values with him throughout his culinary career, which he forged in some of New York City’s top restaurants: April Bloomfield's John Dory, Bar Boulud, the Standard Grill, and the Russian Tea Room. In 2011, he returned to his native Atlanta; locals will remember his cooking from such city mainstays as Lure, Marcel, King + Duke and most recently Ford Fry’s St. Cecilia, where he was executive chef. Outside of work, you can find Brandon at his homestead, foraging with his dogs, working in the garden or playing drums.
Sommelier Joe Billesbach
Born in Nebraska and raised in New Orleans, Joe has long admired the many dynamic aspects of the hospitality industry and the unique experiences it brings – from the impeccable service inside a grand dining establishment to the quirky charm of a neighborhood corner cafe. Joe spent many years learning the ins and outs of the industry, serving as a dishwasher, cook, bartender, sommelier, wine sales rep, and wine director, while also taking time to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Orleans. Continuing his quest in the hospitality industry, Joe ventured to Philadelphia, New York, Greenville, SC, and Atlanta, honing his craft at many renowned restaurants including Jean-Georges, Husk, Brennan’s, per se, and Hillstone before landing at The Kimpton Sylvan Hotel.When Joe is not at The Betty, St. Julep, or Willow Bar, he can be found spending time with family, on a bike ride, or listening to one of his favorite records.