Director of Operations: Ren Mefford
Ren Mefford is a restaurateur with over thirty years of industry experience. Over his career he has worked in every position from dishwasher to line cook to food and beverage director. Ren Spent fifteen years working for Omni hotels where he was a beverage manager and service trainer, as well as teaching classes on five diamond service and wine. Since leaving Omni, Ren’s properties have won Wine Spectator awards multiple times and have been featured in Southern Living magazine, Golf Digest and multiple other publications. In 2012 Ren, together with Chris Tsui, won an Elby for restaurateur of the year. Ren has successfully opened five restaurants and is currently working on three more projects. Ren has held the position of Director of Operations for EAT Restaurant Partners for seven years.
Kim Love started in the restaurant business when she was 16 years old. Her first job was at Sizzler as a host and worked up to server by age 17. Next, she spent four years with Mimi’s Café as a trainer. Her next opportunity was The Lazy Dog Café, where she started off as a trainer to open their very first restaurant. Four years later and four stores later, she opened one as the General Manager. After this, Kim spent seven years with YardHouse. She was promoted to GM within a year and opened 2 restaurants as their General Manager, which is what moved her from California to the East Coast. While Kim was in Raleigh, NC she met her husband Mike Lindsey. In 2016, they moved to Richmond and became part of the EAT Restaurant Family.
Director of Hospitality and Marketing: Chris Staples
A Richmond Native, after graduating from The University of Virginia he bounced around the restaurant industry across the country before returning to Richmond. After a three year sting with Firebirds he joined EAT Restaurant Partners in April of 2009. After running Wild Ginger and then opening The Blue Goat, Fat Dragon and Foo Dog Chris became a partner along side of owner, Chris Tsui and Director of Operations, Ren Mefford. Together they are planning big things for RVA and he is excited about the future.