Lisa Marie Hemmat grew up in Mount Vernon, Washington, a small town just north of Seattle. At the age of fifteen Lisa began her first venture when she contracted a local venue and promoted it as a weekly underage nightclub. The club was an instant success and drew crowds from as far south as Tacoma and as far north as Vancouver, British Columbia. In 1999, Lisa matriculated into the Entrepreneurial program at the University of Southern California, and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2003. During her years at USC she co-founded an events planning company called Summertyme Entertainment, which coordinated after-party events for such international artists as Eminem, Black Eyed Peas, Everlast etc. During the summers of her college years, Lisa started her own dessert business selling homemade pies at farmers markets all over Western Washington. Lisa spent the year following her graduation traveling through Europe and enhancing her knowledge of fine foods and wines and returned to California determined to find the perfect restaurant of her own; Lisa fell in love with Lido di Manhattan immediately.
On June 11th, 2004 ownership of the Lido di Manhattan Restaurant officially changed hands, and Lisa Hemmat took over the management of the Italian-Californian fusion style restaurant. Whereas the previous owners were unable to spend the necessary time needed at the restaurant due to other obligations, Lisa has dived in with a passion for the business and a commitment to bring the sleepy restaurant back to life. With a genuine belief in Lido's enormous potential, she has revamped the atmosphere and livening up the restaurant with special events, happy hours, live music and wine tastings, all fueled by an energetic kitchen staff and an innovative new outlook. Lisa has been looking for the right opportunity to expand and believes Playa Hermosa's location on Hermosa Pier is the perfect fit.