Restaurateur Phillip Gilmour of Hi Hello - Biography

Brooklyn, NY

September 2015

Kansas native Phillip Gilmour’s love of food started at an early age, largely influenced by his Auntie Mame-esque grandmother, Dr. Marilou Morris. Having traveled the world twice over, she cooked everything from Persian and French to Thai and Midwestern comfort food. That exposure to international cuisine, his working class background, and having to fend for himself led to a passion for food. Gilmour started working in restaurants at 14. From 18 to 28, he traveled the world, using restaurant jobs to fund his travels.

He moved to New York in 2000 and started bartending at Diner in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. While working at the Japanese restaurant Bozu, Gilmpour helped his friends open Roberta’s pizzeria in Bushwick. Seeing their success inspired him to open his first restaurant, Momo Sushi Shack, followed by his cafe Hi Hello, the Yakitori restaurant Moku Moku, and Momo Sushi Shack in Miami at the Mondrian Hotel.