Lulu Birds Kitchen is currently looking for a bartender who has passion for customer service, cool head under pressure and strong ownership and work ethic. Experience necessary. Please apply in person tues-sat 3-5. Thank you!

Lulu Birds Kitchen


Lulu Birds Kitchen, located in Gloucester, Va’s historic downtown Courthouse district, features an “eclectic American” menu and brings a comfortable “scene” atmosphere to the Middle Peninsula region.

The from-scratch kitchen, with every dish prepared fresh off of a hot line, features a beautifully balanced wine list and a dining space thoughtfully crafted to create a warm, comfortable, and fun feel.

Opening Lulu Birds is a dream come true for Isabelle and Keyvan Behnam, who for more than a decade have peered through the windows at 6553 Main Street, envisioning what a future restaurant could look like there and the food Keyvan could prepare from the back.

“We want it to feel like a scene,” Isabelle said. “Where people come in for a cocktail, stay through dinner. Where families come. First dates. Business meetings. It’s a place for all. It’s a kitchen. It’s going to be a place where you know you can have a good time, relax and see people that you know.”

Keyvan’s culinary background spans the globe. Born in Tehran, he traveled throughout England, Greece, France and Italy before settling in the U.S. He has apprenticed at every level of a kitchen and restaurant, starting as a dishwasher at a family owned restaurant.

He fell in love with food, though, and gradually began training in classic French culinary styles and playing with Asian ingredients.

Keyvan has cooked his way up to Virginia, starting out in the U.S. in South Florida for Prezzo’s, then Mark’s Place, where he was a sous chef and then general manager and chef de cuisine at Mark’s in Grove Isle.

Before moving with Isabelle and their two children to Mathews to open Lulu Birds, Keyvan was with China Grill Management, expanding on his culinary talents at Tuscan Steak in Miami as the sous chef there and then opening different China Grill Management concepts, of varied cuisines, in Miami, Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco.

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