The Firestone’s Force
We take pride in our skilled and passionate staff.
Kimball Firestone, Owner
Kathy Wasley, Business Manager
Chris Tereyla, General Manager
Andrew Mayer, Executive 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 old Shipley Department Store building in Frederick’s Historic District. Firestone’s Culinary Tavern and the Market on 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.”
*Kim blogs at http://whatkimeats.wordpress.com/ *
Kathy brings her eye for quality to Firestone’s. As business manager, Kathy maintains the routines that keep the Tavern running smoothly. Daily meetings with the management staff form a keystone of Kathy’s schedule. She ensures that customer service standards are met and keeps the business connected to Frederick’s community.
Firestone’s excellence is achieved 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. This philosophy is integral to The Tavern’s past growth and future promise. Kathy finds this outlook key to pleasing customers and retaining excellent employees.
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 experience, rapport and clout to a difficult job. He trains all wait and bar staff. Thanks to Chris, servers are well qualified to suggest food and wine pairings. 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.”
Chef Andrew “Drew” Mayers has been part of Firestone’s Culinary Tavern since he was a teenager. A true “started from the bottom” story, when his brother wanted to quit his food running position here, Andrew arrived in his place and asked for the job. That was in 2002. He was 15 years old. Chef Drew showed an early interest in classical cooking techniques. After gaining early experience here,he left us to pursue his formal education at Baltimore International College where he graduated with a Culinary Arts degree. Over the next couple of years, Chef Andrew studied a wide variety of cuisines, from classical French and Italian to the local styles of the American mid-west and south.
He returned to Firestone’s and continued to hone his skills. Years of experience, training and unrelenting dedication to perfection allow Chef Andrew to lead his team in giving guests a memorable dining experience.
His mantra: “Every plate. Every time.”
What does he enjoy most about life in the kitchen? Being part of a team working to create amazing dishes . . . and he does!