The Firestone’s Force
We take pride in our skilled, passionate and ingenious staff.
Kimball Firestone, Owner
Kathy Wasley, Business Manager
Chris Tereyla, General Manager
Dave Rusk, Chef
Kim relishes the challenge of bringing people together to achieve a common vision. He discovered the food service industry was to his taste in 1993, after he bought a sandwich and frozen yogurt shop. Fourteen years ago, he acquired the beautiful building in Frederick’s Historic District. Thus, the old Shipley Department store, built in 1921 was remade into it’s current incarnation. Firestone’s Culinary Tavern and the Market were born. Kim is tremendously proud of his thriving businesses.
Kim believes Firestone’s success is inseparable from the hard work of the Firestone staff. Whether settling in for a full course meal, dropping in for a sandwich or socializing over drinks with friends, patrons of the Tavern are welcome and well tended. Making people happy gives Kim satisfaction in his work.
What else makes Kim happy?
“One of my favorite things is to grow tomatoes and basil in the summer. I love the outdoors and working with my hands. It is both productive and therapeutic.”
Kathy brings her eye for quality to Firestone’s. She handles the Tavern’s marketing and keeps the business connected to the Frederick community. Daily meetings with management staff form a keystone of Kathy’s schedule. She ensures that customer service standards are met. As business manager, Kathy maintains the routines that keep the Tavern running smoothly.
Firestone’s excellence is maintained by the caliber of its professional staff. Kathy believes that the Firestone team works and thinks creatively without prompting. She encourages everyone to follow their experience and instincts. The Tavern encourages culinary exploration which nurtures trust. This philosophy is integral to its past growth and future promise. Kathy finds this outlook key to pleasing customers and retaining excellent employees.
What passion drives Kathy?
“Family. And animals. I work with one of my four children everyday at Firestone’s [Gillian Berluti, manager of Firestone's Market]. I’m surrounded by people, dogs and other living creatures…The most interesting of which is a rogue family of peacocks who appeared in the tree line in front of my house!”
It sounds simple: Every customer deserves a memorable experience.
Yet it takes Chris’s high standards and unfailing energy to transform all the pieces of Firestone’s Tavern into its polished whole.
A Frederick native, the General Manager has previously worked all of the restaurant postitions he oversees. Chris brings knowledge, rapport and clout to a difficult job. He trains all wait and bar staff. Thanks to Chris, servers are acquainted with food and drink pairings, and are qualified to offer inquisitive diners guidance. Chris understands that that bar offerings must complement the menu. Firestone’s General Manager has been instrumental in curating the Tavern’s award-winning wine list, eclectic whiskey menu, diverse beer choices and special seasonal cocktails.
What does the man who could recite the menu in his sleep recommend?
“The Cowboy Steak is my go-to dinner and it’s incredible. The quality and cut of the steak is superb. Combined with the gorgonzola butter and our shoestring potatoes, it makes for an awesome meal.”