Rising Star Restaurateur Joshua Boissy & Krystof Zizka of Maison Premiere - Biography

Brooklyn, NY

January 2017

Joshua Boissy has worked every job from dishwasher to busser in restaurants of all calibers. He was fi rst introduced to the hospitality industry by his mother, who managed a restaurant and occasionally brought him in. To pass time, young Boissy happily performed small tasks like filling sugar caddies.

While working in Miami at the age of 18, he was scouted to model and moved to New York City, where he was signed to Wilhelmina modeling agency. In the city, Boissy continued working in restaurants, where he would meet Krystof Zizka, who would later become his business partner.

Zizka got his start in restaurants as a teenager in Philadelphia, washing dishes and doing prepcook tasks. He continued his hospitality work while he studied studio engineering. Even when he moved to New York for a job with a small hip hop label, he worked part time in restaurants.

When the chance to take over Le Barricou, at the time a failing restaurant in Williamsburg, arose, Boissy seized the opportunity. Under his direction, the restaurant became profi table and more than that, a neighborhood mainstay. On the heels of his success with Le Barricou, Boissy joined forces with Zizka. After more than a year of painstaking planning and handson building from the dirt up, landmark bar and restaurant Maison Premiere opened in a section of Williamsburg still in the throws of revival.

By May 2016, Maison Premiere had not only taken home the James Beard Award for “Outstanding Bar Program,” but Boissy and Zizka also opened sister restaurant Sauvage in Greenpoint, only the beginning of their Brooklyn-born empire.