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Founders

With backgrounds in finance, music, and restaurants, John Davenport, Jeff Grant and John Haggai came together to open a restaurant featuring a seasonal menu, craft libations, and genuine hospitality at affordable prices. After 18 months of traveling and testing, they opened Tazza Kitchen Short Pump in 2013. While all three partners have a hand in daily operations, Davenport takes care of finance and administration, Grant oversees the culinary team and communications, and Haggai manages the beverage program and construction.

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Lead Management

Part of the original ideation process, Chris Curtin and Reggie McGee now work in our restaurants every day. With over 30 years combined hospitality experience, they are coaches, entertainers, grinders, and eternal optimists. They split their duties with Curtin in Virginia and McGee in the Carolinas.

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Beverage

Dorothy Livick and Lauren Spain manage our beverage program. Dorothy, a Certified Wine Specialist, tends our unique wine list. She is knowledgeable about the finer points of terroir, but never a wine snob. While she knows the popular varietals inside and out, her real passion is introducing lesser-known gems to our guests. Lauren consistently pours creativity and passion into the cocktail program at TK. In addition to working with the beverage teams at each of our locations, she helps to keep seasonal lists fresh and exciting by regularly crafting fresh, inspiring drinks. Cheers!

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