Chez TJ is a contemporary French cuisine restaurant that is uniquely located in one of the most historic Victorian homes in Mountain View, CA. Originally built circa 1894, the structure was home to Julius and Fanny Weilheimer. Julius was a Vice President of the Mountain View Farmers and Merchant’s Bank as well as a member of the town Council. In the early 1980s, George Aviet and Thomas J. McCombie acquired the property and served their first dinner on November 26, 1982.
Thomas and George met at Thomas’ prior restaurant, Pear William, in Menlo Park, CA. Both dreamt of building a restaurant together and so, along with their wives, they were determined to turn their dreams into something real. Together with their vision and the resources they managed to accumulate, they built their restaurant and the public came! The press reviews were glowing and
Gourmet said it was “worth a detour from San Francisco.” Unfortunately, in mid-1994, Thomas passed away. In honor of Thomas’ memory and their longtime friendship, George continued to run the restaurant on the same path as they had envisioned. George Aviet, his wife, and longtime employees ran Chez TJ as they always had.
Chez TJ has a garden from which it sources some of its ingredients to be incorporated into the seasonal tasting menu by Jarad Gallagher. Chef Gallagher is very involved in the garden and sources most produce that is used in his tasting menu from the Chez TJ garden, Heirloom Farm and his own, Honeymoon Farm. Although Heirloom Farm and Honeymoon Farm are located further away, Chez TJ welcomes you to visit their community garden. Upon arriving, you may find fresh herbs and various citrus trees, while different seasonal fruits and vegetables are rotated through the garden. Even though not all plants in the Chez TJ garden are California native, they thrive in the California environment and Chez TJ hopes to inspire the community to plant similar fruits, vegetables and herbs.