In 1958, over fifty years ago, Valerie and Phillip Littlejohn opened Orsini’s Restaurant in Wellington. Then, two decades ago, the Littlejohn family bought Sails Restaurant in Auckland. This professional restaurant family shares a passion for all aspects of great dining experiences. Now, several restaurants later, Valerie and her son Bart, true restaurateurs, operate Sails restaurant with a dedicated team of hospitality professionals who have worked with them for well over a decade.

bartBart Littlejohn is a product of his environment. Raised and educated in his parents’ Wellington restaurant, Orsini’s, he began his ‘official’ apprenticeship at the age of fifteen in Orsini’s of Auckland. After working all positions from pot washer to duty manager, Bart went on to work in many of Auckland’s and Sydney’s famous restaurants and hotels.

After a five-year OE in Europe working as a Corporate Sales Manager and Retail Manager for Boisdale Wines, Chelsea, Bart returned to Auckland to manage Bell House for the second time with owner chef Simon Gault before buying Sails Restaurant in 1991.