Subarna Bhattachan and Alejandro Lule, Co-Owners of La Parrilla and Zen Zero in Downtown Lawrence opened Genovese together with Armando Paniagua, formerly Executive Chef of Rose Pistola in North Beach area of San Francisco. Armando is an award winning chef who has 16 years of cooking exprience in the San Francisco Bay Area. He started working at Rose Pistola as a Sous-Chef and was the Executive Chef for the past seven years prior to joining Genovese. He has travelled to Italy frequently for research and development, food and wine tasting, and getting to know the local culture, people and most importantly the food.
Genovese is located at 941 Massachusetts Street in historic Downtown Lawrence. The interior changes were made with input from Denton Nichols, a local architect, consulting from Katie Baird who owns His By Design, an interior design firm in Overland Park, KS and guidance from Jack Cronemeyer, a local contractor and a dear friend. The interior evokes a rustic Italian feel with Mediterranean colors, terra cotta tile blends, antique tile reproductions, mosaic, Venetian plaster and exposed wooden beams.