About Us

MEET ANDY REISS

For decades, Andy Reiss has worked tirelessly to build a vibrant business in downtown Tallahassee while at the same time, advocating and gaining support to build a vibrant downtown environment for all businesses.

Andy has been nicknamed "Mr. Downtown" by the Tallahassee Democrat and for good reason.
Over the years Andy has:

  • Served as Chairman for the Downtown Improvement Authority and has continued to serve as a commissioner.
  • Helped conceptualize and execute the Downtown Getdown
  • Teamed up with Susan Stratton to found the Downtown Merchant and Business Association.
  • Joined Ron Spencer and Liz Wilyoung in creating the Tallahassee Convention and Visitors Bureau; now called Visit Tallahassee. He went on to serve as President in the second and third years. He continued to serve on the Executive Board for many years and is still an active member of the organization.
  • Currently serves as Chairman of the Tallahassee Downtown Redevelopment Commission.
  • A faithful member of The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce since the 70's and served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Board in the 80's.
  • Appointed by Governor Bob Martinez to the Hotel and Restaurant Advisory Council and has since been reappointed by every Governor to serve on the state board, acting as a liaison between DBPR and the hospitality industry. He went on to serve as Chairman on three separate occasions.
  • Served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (one of Florida's largest associations) since the 90's and is currently Chairman-elect. He will begin his term as Chairman in December 2012. He helped start the local chapter of FRPA in the 70's.

Andy brings his lifetime of hospitality experience including:

  • Jack-of-all-trades, busser/dishwasher/cabana boy: Carillon Hotel, Miami Beach
  • Assistant Cook: De Continental in Bal Harbor, Summer 1966
  • Ran the TEP house kitchen: Gainesville, Sophomore Year 1968
  • Kitchen Manager: Chanelo's Pizza on Tennessee St, Tallahassee, 1969
  • Bartender and Server- Hotel Bellevue, San Bernadino, Switzerland, 1970
  • Assistant Cook: Wiener Stube Restaurant, Aspen Colorado, 1971
  • Manager: Confederate Supper Club (later, the River Supper Club), Tallahassee, 1972


ASHLEY CHANEY

Event Planner & Sales Manager, was born and raised in Burlington Ontario, Canada. She moved to Florida in the summer of 2004 and has been working in the hospitality industry ever since. After moving to Tallahassee in 2007 to attend FSU, Ashley started working for Andrew's Capital Grill waiting tables. She then moved to bartending and through helping with events, fell in love with the catering arm of the company. After her wedding in July 2011, she was promoted to work exclusively in the Andrew's Catering division.

ANTHONY QUERIDO

Catering Director and Event Manager, is a graduate of The Florida State University with a B.S. in Recreation and Leisure Services Administration with an emphasis in Resort Event Management. He was a proud member of the World Renown FSU Marching Chiefs serving in leadership roles as well as President of the Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity for College Bandmembers. Prior to coming to Andrew's, he interned for the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and was a committee member for the annual Girl Scout Council of the Tallahassee Bend Charity Golf Tournament. After graduating in 2008, he moved to Orlando and worked as the Event Concierge for the Renaissance Orlando Hotel specializing in conventions, private meetings, and weddings. After his stint in Central Florida, he moved back to Tallahassee and was hired as a catering server in spring 2009. His attention to detail and hard work ethic earned him the title Event Manager in fall 2010 and he was later named Catering Director in summer 2011.

JACK PENROD

General Manager of Andrew's Restaurants and Catering Operation, has been with Andrew's Downtown since 2001. He has 20 years of experience in the restaurant business including 8 years of culinary experience. Before arriving in Tallahassee, Jack served as Executive Sous Chef at Café Leurope in Sarasota and before that was Food and Beverage Manager at Club at Nevillewood in Pittsburgh, PA. He developed a lifelong interest in the restaurant business at a young age, and has pursued knowledge and experience of the business in every facet and has enjoyed putting the operational systems in place to run a dynamic, efficient, clean and profitable business.

We are members of the following organizations:

  • Tallahassee Association of Wedding Professionals (TAWP)
  • Tallahassee Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (TACVB)
  • Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce
  • Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association