Lauren and Peter Lemos share a number of meaningful tattoos, many of them music and food related. They talk about why perhaps so many chefs and musicians share a love of tattoos, plus dive into some of their favorite music to play at Wax Paper, their sandwich shop in Los Angeles.
Lauren and Peter Lemos are the co-owners of Wax Paper Sandwich Company – a small but mighty sandwich shop operating out of LA’s Frogtown neighborhood since 2015.
Now married, they met back in 2012 while working in a restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles. Peter cooked, and Lauren served.
Since then, Peter has cooked in some of the finest kitchens on the California coast, such as SPQR, Étoile, Craft, Bazaar, and L&E Oyster Bar, and even had the pleasure of competing on Food Network’s Chopped, while Lauren worked in the front of the house at many places around Los Angeles such as L&E Oyster Bar, The Ace Hotel in DTLA, and Sweet Lady Jane.
Wax Paper evolved from Peter and Lauren’s dream of opening a simple, but delicious neighborhood sandwich shop. Guests are always greeted with a welcoming smile from the couple, who often work together in the combined 226 square foot kitchen and counter service restaurant, and music is always a constant source of inspiration in such an intimate space.
Lauren and Peter’s Shift List
Metallica – “One”
Nick Kershaw – “Wouldn’t It Be Good”
Pusha T – “If You Know You Know”
MF Doom – “Bomb Thrown”
New Found Glory – “Happy Being Miserable”
Taking Back Sunday – “Tidal Wave”
Ronnie Hudson And The Street People – “West Coast Poplock”
Home Improvement – “Theme Song”
Curb Your Enthusiasm – “Theme Song”
Jimmy Eat World – “For Me This Is Heaven”
LMFAO – “Yes”
Wax Paper: waxpaperco.com
Theme song – Jamie Drake – “Wonder”
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