Jim Caiola is an award-winning filmmaker and holds a degree in Hotel Restaurant Management from Johnson & Wales University. Jim and his partner David Salama opened Creperie Beau Monde in Philadelphia in 1998, where they brought national attention to the culinary renaissance in the city for almost two decades. In 2003, they also opened L’Etage, a bar-lounge and performance space.
Jim first fell in love with Tavern on the Green as a Lee Strasberg acting student in the early 1980s, and returned to New York with David to reopen the restaurant in 2014. Jim and David revived Tavern on the Green with the vision of the original landmark—a warm, celebratory gathering space that captures the spirit of Central Park and the energy of New York City.