Our roots are firmly established in the Carolinas. We are family-owned and family-run, and we strive to work with those who can say the same. Our restaurants are inspired by the seasons and by the ever-evolving traditions that make up Southern cuisine.
Most of all, they are inspired by our guests.
Jon is the cultural guru of RRH. He makes a stranger family and family feel strange. His philosophy is based on some very basic tenets that remain true to this day:
Take care of the guest, have fun and make money. It is simply, Family first. Do business with strangers as if they were brothers. After loyalty come ability, skill and competence. Promote only able people and find them by testing them.
Jon is a proud Penn State undergraduate and earned an MBA-Finance from University of Texas-Dallas. Jon started in the restaurant business washing dishes at the age of 16 and has never forgotten his roots. Busing tables, serving, managing and now owning a string of successful ventures. Jon is very proud of the long term relationships he enjoys with team members.
Jon is an avid golfer and loves all sport Philadelphia. When he is not working on his handicap or rooting for his favorite teams, he is busy idolizing his wife or dealing with his brash and sassy teenage children
KIM DRESSLER 'The Boss'
Kim Dressler is the driving design force behind all of the RRH concepts. Her vision, tastes, color pallets and style are on display in all of the restaurants. So much so, that she is known as The Decorator.
Schooled at University of Maryland, she has an extensive hotel background, prior to working at Morton’s. At Morton’s, she met the love of her life (well, her current love and husband). In 2003, they embarked on their signature Dressler’s Restaurant in Birkdale Village.
Kim is the proud mother of two teens and her third child, her doting husband of 18 years. Kim and Jon were married in Pinehurst on a magically hot weekend. She claims it was the best day of her life.
Kim has not been directly involved in the restaurant operations for some time, devoting her time to being one of the caring and most giving people known to mankind. She will be joining TPH as coordinator of private events.
Our most eligible bachelorette until New Year’s Eve 2020, Ally, was born and raised in Ohio. As soon as she got her wits about her, she left her snow boots and mittens up North and headed South in search of blue skies and warmer weather.
After a few years in Charlotte, she was lucky enough to be welcomed into the Rare Roots family—all thanks to her friend BK (perhaps you’ve heard of her).
When she’s not at work you can find her still working, napping but most likely eating. She also enjoys short walks on the beach, an ever-full glass of Cooper and Thief and all you can eat tacos. She’s recently taken an interest in stand-up comedy, despite the constant feedback that she’s just not that funny.
She has been with the company for 4 years, but boy, does it seem like much longer. What she enjoys most about her job is working one on one with guests and helping to make sure their event is uniquely special. What she loves most about the job is family meal, but her coworkers come in a very close second.
If you ever need to throw a party—this is your go-to girl.
Tim Buchanan has had a part in all 6 of the Rare Roots restaurants over the years. Raised in the mountains of NC, Tim started his hospitality industry life in the Berkshires of MA. Tim became general manager of Pearl’s Restaurant in Great Barrington, MA when he was 20yrs old. Pearl’s garnered regional attention from the Boston Globe as well as national attention from Travel & Leisure, Architecture Digest, and others. One of the highlights of his six years at Pearl’s for Tim was being invited to bring his team to prepare a meal at the James Beard House in NYC.
Tim and his wife, Ericka Faye, moved back to the south at her request and they built a home in Charlotte. His father-in-law and he built the house themselves while Tim worked for Dresslers Birkdale and Max’s Allly. After finishing the home, Tim spent 4 years as wine director/floor manager at Capital Grille in uptown Charlotte before returning to the fold and becoming the general manager at Dressler’s Metropolitan. He along with the rest of the creative team conceived and developed the idea of what is now Dogwood, The Porter’s House, and Fin & Fino.
Tim lives with his two wild and crazy sons (Wylie Augustus ‘The Great’, and Porter Call), his beautiful wife Ericka Faye (also his high school sweetheart), and dog Charlie Buckets.
Currently you can find Tim at the helm of Fin & Fino in Uptown.
SCOTT HOLLINGSWORTH 'The Bear'
Executive Chef Scott Hollingsworth was raised in Cornelius, NC. He inherited a passion for food from his mother at a very early age. Scott has been working in Lake Norman and Charlotte area restaurants for more than 25 years. His commitment to quality, freshness, and creative presentation drew him to Dressler’s Restaurant in October of 2005. Scott has been married to Rhonda since 2001. His interests include his beloved Washington Redskins, fishing, and his dog.
Each Rare Roots endeavor may vary in concept and design, but they are all deeply rooted in the desire to treat our guests like they are part of our family. Our attention to detail, our ability to remember a name, and our carefully crafted menus are all expressions of a genuine hospitality that is increasingly harder to find. It requires talent, but it also requires a mindset of service. Our people have both. They come together every day—in some cases for almost 20 years—to practice the type of hospitality you will typically only find at home.
Our Private Dining
At Rare Roots Hospitality, communal gatherings and festive events are our forte. Our family of restaurants span the Charlotte area from Huntersville all the way down to Waverly, allowing us to cater to your needs no matter your location or destination.
Rare Roots Hospitality Group is a family, and we consider our entire Charlotte community to be a part of that. Community Roots is our initiative to allow and encourage our employees to work with local organizations.