Chef and owner Greg Baxtrom worked in some of the world's most exciting kitchens, including Alinea, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Per Se and Lysverket in Norway, among others, before opening his first restaurant Olmsted in Prospect Heights in Spring 2016. His 50-seat restaurant showcases a seasonal and creative vegetable-forward menu that highlights produce from the lush backyard garden as well as local farmers and purveyors. The restaurant has been awarded one of Esquire's Best New Restaurants in America; Bon Appetit's 50 Best New Restaurants in America; Food & Wine's 2017 Restaurant of the Year; The New York Times "10 Best Restaurants in 2016"; among others. In May 2019, Greg opened his second restaurant Maison Yaki in Prospect Heights. Greg combines his two favorite cuisines in this French yakitori restaurant and patio which is rooted in his appreciation for classical French and love for the style of yakitori. Maison Yaki has been featured in outlets like The New York Times, Food & Wine, Rachael Ray Every Day, Architectural Digest, among others.
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Greg pivoted Olmsted to become a community food bank, partnering with The Lee Initiative and then World Central Kitchen to prepare and offer hundreds of free meals and pantry items daily. The food bank continues to operate, and has served over 20k hot meals to date. In July 2020, Greg utilized Maison Yaki to launch the Black Entrepreneur Series, a pop up series that features talented NYC-based Black chefs.