Though they perhaps started out as strangers in a strange land, both Ladies of London Marissa Hermer and Julie Montagu are taking the bull by the horns and launching their own business enterprises in England. Marissa has been in business with her husband running Bumpkin, a successful restaurant with three locations, but wants a restaurant project she can put her own stamp onand Julie Montagu, who was teaching yoga classes, has now launched her own line of healthy snacks, JUB (Julie’s Unbelievable Balls).
TheInquisitr reports that Hermer’s Bumpkin has become almost another character on Ladies of London, hosting a variety of parties and get-togethers for the cast. Bumpkin has been a place that the Hermers have built together, and the combination of his English background, and her American background have contributed to the success.
Reality Wanted believes that both women are eager to be a success in their new-found home of London. Hermer’s new Top Dog will offer the American hot dog, shakes, and fries, but organic, with a build your own concept that means you can personalize your own dog.
“This time she’s opening and American themes restaurant that will serve organic hot dogs, milkshakes and fries. I wonder if she’ll have to change the name to chips so the Brits will know what they’re ordering?”
Julie Montagu is moving ahead with her new business, and hoping to raise some additional funds to keep her husband’s ancestral home of Mapperton up and running. Currently, running the estate costs about 200 pounds each year.
The Daily Mail is reporting that Montagu is not just a do as I say not as I do health guru, she fully lives the life, yoga gear on, cycling around town.
“It’s not what people expect, right?’ says Julie, gesturing around the rooms. Possibly not, I suggest, at least not for someone who is set to inherit Mapperton, one of the most beautiful stately homes in the country. But then in 2015, Julie and her husband Luke Montagu (aka Viscount Hinchingbrooke) are, by her own admission, very much your average aristocrats – title-rich but cash-flow poor. ‘This is my reality. I don’t have a nanny, I don’t have a posh car, I don’t have a designer wardrobe. I mean, I cycle everywhere in my yoga kit!”
Running a house, managing the lives of four kids, and helping to keep Mapperton up and running is a full time job, plus yoga classes and the launch of JUB, it’s a wonder she has any time to socialize with her Ladies of London chums.
“I’m not ever going to say a hot dog is healthy. I’m not putting chia seeds on top of it or wrapping it in kale. But it is natural — there are no additives. It’s all meat and no mystery — which is new for hot dogs. That for me is healthy.”
Hermer is trying to introduce a kind of American-style fast casual food to London.
“Fast-casual is a grab-and-go mentality,” she said. “It’s not take-away, and it’s not a sit-down restaurant. If you are staying more than 30 minutes you are staying too long.”
Throughout this season two of Ladies of London, we will get to see Hermer and Montagu’s businesses grow.
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