Naomi Pomeroy was born and raised in Corvallis, Oregon. She spent her childhood hanging around the stove and in backyard gardens with her mother, who spent her early years in Rouen, France, and with grandmother Vivian, who hailed from New Orleans.

Before opening Beast, Naomi and Michael Hebb started up Ripe Catering in 1999 and soon thereafter launched an underground supper club in their Northeast Portland bungalow called “Family Supper.” After a couple years of dodging authorities, using salvaged doors rigged as tabletops, and defrosting shrimp in the bathtub, they decided to go legit. In rapid succession, they opened the Gotham Coffee Shop (2002), Clarklewis (2004), and the Gotham Tavern (2005).