William (Bill) Chait has been involved in the restaurant industry for more than 30 years during which time he has developed and operated over 20 highly successful restaurant concepts.
Through 2015, Chait operated as the founder and Managing Partner of Sprout LA, he was responsible for the development and the opening of several of Los Angeles’ most exciting restaurants, in collaboration with chefs, including restaurants such as Bestia with chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis, Petty Cash and Republique with chefs Walter Manzke and Margarita Manzke, Barrel and Ashes with chefs Rory Herrmann and Tim Hollingsworth, Otium with Chef Tim Hollingsworth, Redbird with chef Neal Fraser and managing partner Amy Knoll, Sotto with Chef Steve Samson and wife Dina Pepito Samson, Rivera with John Sedlar and the Rose Café and Restaurant with Jason Neroni.
After leaving Sprout, Chait formed S/III, a development company and investment vehicle for restaurants. As founder & CEO of S/III, in addition to his principal project, Tartine, he has partnered with Carl Schuster’s Cast Iron Partners. Together they developed The Fields LA, a food hall adjacent to the Banc of California Stadium, home of the new LAFC Major League Soccer team. The duo are also working on the restaurant at the forthcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax.
In 2016, Chait joined the wildly popular Tartine Bakery, co-founded by Chad Robertson and Elisabeth Prueitt, as a managing partner and investor. In this role, he is focusing on the next phase for Tartine and their expansion to Los Angeles, and additional locations in San Francisco and Seoul Korea. In 2018, he partnered with Michelin-starred chef Raphael Francois, to open Tesse, a French-leaning restaurant located in heart of West Hollywood.
From 1985-2008, Chait was previously the founder and President of Louise’s Trattoria and LT Acquisition Corp., a multi-unit restaurant company which operated 18 restaurants in Southern California and Milwaukee, and the Managing Partner of Spark Restaurants LLC. In 2010, he created the nationally acclaimed LA pop-up restaurant Test Kitchen, which pioneered an exciting new concept in dining featuring world renowned guest chefs and budding culinary talent.
Chait and his restaurants have been featured in countless publications including, most recently, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Bon Appétit, Nation’s Restaurant News, Sunset Magazine, and Los Angeles Magazine. He is on the Advisory Board for OpenTable. Chait attended the University of California, Berkeley and is married and lives in Los Angeles.