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Meet the Owners

owners frame Jason Stella

Jason & Julia:
They’re husband and wife, cook and hostess, mom and dad, Chef and owners. They met at a demanding, iconic restaurant in the heart of downtown Charleston. He was the Chef, she was the Assistant Manager and their paths were destined to become one.

Julia is the daughter of a fisherman and restaurateur. She grew up with sand between her toes, a mischievous sparkle in her eye, and a love for the Carolina coast. Stella’s is very much a product of her imagination, creativity, and childhood. A Johnson & Wales graduate, she’s managed restaurants big and small but prefers the dining room at Stella’s. She now spends much of her time with their daughters, Eleanor and Margaret and their yellow lab, Rigby.

Jason is a son of Louisville, KY. His mom was a successful caterer and he was soon at her side. She instilled in him the lessons of the kitchen; timeliness, efficiency of movement, and respect for the ingredients. He progressed through the kitchen ranks of Louisville, then Charleston and soon landed at the kitchen of Charleston’s most respected Chef, Frank Lee. Now at the helm of Stella’s he incorporates a lifetime of lessons in his daily work ethic.

Jason:
Jason is a son of Louisville, KY. His mom was a successful caterer and he was soon at her side. She instilled in him the lessons of the kitchen; timeliness, efficiency of movement, and respect for the ingredients. He progressed through the kitchen ranks of Louisville, then Charleston and soon landed at the kitchen of Charleston’s most respected Chef, Frank Lee. Now at the helm of Stella’s he incorporates a lifetime of lessons in his daily work ethic.

Julia:
Julia is from Hilton Head Island, SC. She grew up on the beach and on the water. Her father was an avid fisherman, so every local seafood species hit their dinner table when it was in season. Having owned a restaurant himself, he took pride in the preparation of family meals. Julia’s appreciation for fresh ingredients & local seafood began early in her life. As a teen she worked in busy restaurants on the Island when she knew she was hooked! Julia attended Johnson & Wales in Charleston, where she earned an Associate's Degree in Culinary Arts & Bachelor's Degree in Food Service Management. After graduating college in 2001, Julia was hired at Slightly North of Broad in Charleston. She worked her way through the restaurant as a server, tending bar, assistant manager & ultimately restaurant manager. In 2006 she moved to Greenville to assist in the opening of High Cotton Restaurant as Restaurant Manager. Julia and her husband Jason took advantage of the opportunity to own their own restaurant in August of 2008. They opened Stella’s Southern Bistro in Simpsonville, SC highlighting friendly service & excellent cuisine served in a relaxed atmosphere. They are enthusiastic about sourcing as many local ingredients as they can find, and supporting local farmers. Stella’s cuisine is inspired by the coastal Carolinas' and the American south. Stella’s is the ideal place for a unique dining experience. The menu is very seasonal- constantly changing to highlight ingredients at their peak.

Our Team

Jeena Daniel Roger

Stella:
She was our first love. A kind-hearted, loyal, and rambunctious Black Labrador that loved life, loved visitors, and us. Stella is no longer with us but she inspires us daily & she is represented in the spirit of the restaurant. We try to treat our customers with the same sort of qualities that Stella showed us; genuine affection, full of energy, lighthearted, and always happy to see a friend!

Jeena Godsey - Restaurant Manager:
She’s known by her ebullient smile and bustling personality. She’s always on the go yet she breezes through our busiest nights with a grace worthy of ballroom impresario. Jeena is the face of Stella’s, the one everyone sees at the front podium, at their table, behind the bar or on the phone. Jeena stands ready to open a bottle of champagne, describe our latest Spanish red, or crunch numbers into a sales spread sheet. She’s just one of the reasons we are who we are and we’re so grateful for her. We hope you are, too.

Daniel Buchanan - Chef De Cuisine:
Daniel is our grand culinarian. He has a degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University, but what we really love about Daniel is the knowledge he learned from his grandmother. As a young boy, Daniel spent many hours in his Mamaw’s Spruce Pine, NC, kitchen, where he learned the time- honored culinary traditions of a proud regional heritage. He has worked under Patrick Maisonhaute at Esseeola Lodge in Linville, NC; Zack Bell at Café Boulud in Palm Beach, FL; Bill Greene at Artisanal in Banner Elk, NC; and at Westglow Resort in Blowing Rock, NC, a Relais and Chateau property. Daniel has been a valued part of our kitchen since late 2014, became Sous Chef in late 2015, and our Chef de Cuisine since April of 2016.

Roger Diggelmann - Group Dining Coordinator:
“Weren’t you my kid’s swim coach?”
Roger gets that a lot. Moms and Dads will often look at Roger and recognize him from his time in the pool. He swam for JL Mann, Greenville Swim Club, then went to Clemson on a swimming scholarship and spent years as a summer swim coach for Gower. He was a fixture in the Upstate’s SAIL league and still enjoys doing laps. Yet Roger also loves the Food & Beverage business and these days he spends more time working with water-based adult beverages behind our bar. Roger is our group dining coordinator, he manages our private parties and events as well as spending plenty of time behind the bar infusing vodka or gin with fresh fruit and herbs. So all that time in large bodies of water has prepared him well to work with much smaller bodies of water, eight to twelve ounces at a time.

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Telephone. 864-757-1212
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Hours. Lunch: Tue - Sat 11.30 - 2.30
Dinner: Tue - Thurs 5.30 - 9:00
Dinner: Fri - Sat 5.30 - 10
Closed Sunday and Monday
Location. 684 Fairview Rd
Simpsonville, SC 29680
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