It started out as a fresh idea between friends; a casual café in Hollywood that would utilize local and organic ingredients to create gourmet breakfast and lunch dishes at an affordable price. Friends and partners Kamil Majer and David Fris shared that dream, which ultimately became a reality in 2006 when the first Blu Jam Café opened its doors on Melrose Avenue.
Kamil and David, both whom emigrated to the United States from Czechoslovakia, harkened back to their similar European heritage to create an environment that felt like home. Holding to the belief that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, they set out to build a creative and eclectic menu that merges flavors from around the world. “Breakfast should never be boring,” according to Kamil. “We should look forward to it when we wake up, and treat ourselves to the best food imaginable.”
The name Blu Jam was chosen to celebrate the history of the Melrose location, which had been an underground Jazz club where Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and countless greats once played. Today, the pictures of jazz and blues legends line the walls, and their unforgettable music still dances around the room as it did nearly half a century ago.
From a single restaurant built on the cornerstone of impeccable service with a personal touch, Blu Jam continues to grow. With the help of Jeff Shulem, who joined the team in 2013, brand new Blu Jam Cafés are opening in exciting locations. Jeff, an Ernst & Young CPA with M&A experience, brings not only accounting disciplines but also the creative marketing and PR skills to help take the Blu Jam brand to national and global markets.