Our Team

Dorjan Puka

CEO/Owner

Born and raised in Albania, Dorjan Puka moved to Connecticut in 1998 seeking new experiences and opportunities. Leveraging his culinary talent and strong work ethic, Puka worked his way up in various kitchens in the region including Vito’s by the Park, Max’s Oyster Bar and Max’s Tavern in Springfield, Massachusetts.

In December of 2010, Puka opened his first solo venture, Treva Restaurant & Bar, an Italian concept in West Hartford. The restaurant was unlike anything in the area and garnered great reviews from The Hartford Courant, Connecticut Magazine and The New York Times. This success was mirrored with his second West Hartford restaurant Àvert Brasserie, which opened three years later in 2013. That same year, Hartford Magazine named Puka one of the top 10 chefs in the region. In November of 2014, Puka opened Artisanal Burger Company in Manchester. Once again, Puka was praised by media and locals alike, this time for his take on America’s beloved hamburger.

Puka’s culinary passion extends beyond the restaurants. He is actively involved with Growing Great Schools, a non-profit community-based organization that helps create healthier schools. When not in his restaurants, Chef Dorjan enjoys traveling with his wife and his two sons.

Omar Arnaout

Executive Pastry Chef

Executive Pastry Chef Omar brings over 12 years of experience in pastry to the DORO team. Known for his macaroons at Àvert and the Local Honey Budino at Treva, Omar brings his European pastry sensibility to both restaurants he oversees, making sure that every meal ends on a delightfully sweet note 

Scott Damboise

Executive Chef

Born and Raised in Bristol, CT. Chef Damboise, a graduate of Johnson & Wales University, has worked at some of the best dining establishments in the country. Scott is an accomplished Chef with Multiple Michelin guide and New York times Three starred Restaurant experience. He served as Executive Sous Chef for renowned Chef Daniel Boulud at both Cafe Boulud and DB Bistro before taking over the reigns as Executive Chef at Sho Shaun Hergatt, Char No. 4 and Tia Pol all located in New York.  Chef Damboise joined the DORO Restaurant Group as Executive Chef at Avert Brasserie in 2016. 

Patrick Williams

Restaurant Manager

A Connecticut native, Patrick started his restaurant career working with his older brother where he developed a passion for the hospitality business. Patrick's focus at Àvert is providing guests with excellent dining experience. When he is not at the restaurant, Patrick enjoys traveling, spending his time outdoors and restoring classic cars.