Lien Ta and Chef Jonathan Whitener grew up on opposite coasts, and both came into their hospitality careers from completely different angles. The duo met while working at Los Angeles’ iconic Animal–Lien managing the dining room, and Jonathan holding things down as Chef de Cuisine in the kitchen. In due time, they realized they wanted to eventually own their own place, and so teaming up they opened Here’s Looking At You in 2016. It was an immediate hit winning all kinds of accolades including being named one of Food & Wine’s “Restaurants of the Year.” In 2017, we hosted singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John Chao. He grew up all over before settling in Houston, which he found to be a nexus of pop, Americana and New Orleans brass band jazz music. Combining his global roots and his American upbringing, John formed the pop band Misha, and performed live for us in studio.

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