A Day In The Life Of Marissa Hermer

Laura Eckstein Jones | March 17, 2020 | Culture Featured Home National


When Marissa Hermer moved with her family from London to Los Angeles three years ago, the Ladies of London star left behind a bustling restaurant scene, one in which she and her husband, Matt, were key players and restaurateurs. So it makes sense that they hit the ground running and opened The Draycott, their all-day British-meets-California-style eatery at Palisades Village. “We missed our favorite London haunts where we’d bump into friends and meet new ones,” she says. “We wanted to create a glamorous, comfortable home for ourselves and our friends, for early evening cocktails, dinners with friends, late-night secrets and shenanigans.” The Hermers recently opened the doors to Olivetta, their new Mediterranean-inspired hot spot in West Hollywood that Hermer describes as “the sexy sister restaurant to The Draycott.” Located on Melrose Avenue in the old Au Fudge space, Olivetta is conveniently located in an area with great energy. “It’s the perfect middle meeting point between the Palisades, Brentwood and our friends in Silver Lake,” she says. “Olivetta is on restaurant row where our neighbors like Craig’s, Cecconi’s and Gracias Madre have brought a fun nightlife vibe to the area. Now we’re a sexy and chic addition to the neighborhood.” With so much going on with work and family life, Hermer needs to make a concerted effort to relax and restore. “I have to make a conscious choice to add in ‘me’ time,” she explains. “I love to escape for a jog along the beach, go to morning Pilates, squeeze in a yoga class or soak in the tub. I also love Wi Spa,” she continues. “It’s in Koreatown, so if I can escape on a Saturday morning I’ll go for a scrub and a deep tissue massage.” She’ll have to take advantage of all the “me” time she can get right now, as soon she’ll be even busier: More locations of The Draycott are set to open in Studio City, Manhattan Beach, Newport Beach and Pasadena. But fortunately for Hermer, busy works for her. “Naturally I’m a juggler, so I’m happiest when I’m running on adrenaline,” she says. Here, the SoCal native breaks down her typical day.



breakfast of champions

“Post-Pilates class, Alfred’s matcha lattes and smoothies from SunLife Organics keep me going in the morning.”

Palisades Village, sunlifeorganics.com; alfred.la



working lunch

“For lunch, Tom Parker of Fettle Design and I meet at Sushi Park to discuss plans for The Draycott’s new locations in Studio City, Manhattan Beach and Pasadena.”

West Hollywood, 310.652.0523



doubles duty

“After lunch in West Hollywood, I take the boys to their tennis clinic at The Riviera Country Club. Of course, I have one eye on the courts while I review reservation requests and table plans for The Draycott and Olivetta.”

Pacific Palisades, therivieracountryclub.com



celebration time

“We make our way to The Draycott with the kids for our weekly Tuesday Balloons & Bubbles Family Happy Hour event. Our resident balloon artist twists crowns and swords while my neighbors and I catch up over a watermelon picante.”

Palisades Village, thedraycott.com



bonding & bites

“After tucking the kids into bed, Matt and I hop in the car to head to Olivetta to taste new menu dishes and enjoy a second dinner—usually branzino or one of our homemade pastas—after some nibbles at The Draycott. It can be a 30- to 45-minute journey, but it gives us a moment to pause and catch up.”

West Hollywood, olivetta.la


Photography by: Photography by: Alfred photo by Mary Costa;
sushi photo by Lisovskaya/istock.com;
Olivetta cocktail photo by Moses Truzman
Lucianna McIntosh; tennis photo by He Junhui/Unsplash