MEET THE TEAM

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Kevin Heinonen - OWNER

 

Kevin sometimes refers to himself as an "accidental restauranteur", due to the fact that the industry found him, as opposed to him finding the industry. He is a lawyer by trade, which happens to come in handy as a restaurant Owner.

Kevin has been at the helm since May of 2009 when Tinderbox Kitchen first opened. His tenacity & passion for Hospitality have unquestionably built this company into what it is today.

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Nick Williams - OWNER

 

Nick found his start with THAT Place Projects Restaurant Group at the Annex Cocktail Lounge in the summer of 2013, as a bar back. He quickly rose to lead the bar program into a new era of craft cocktails, & in 2017, bought in as an Owner with Kevin.

His passion lies in the pursuit of creating an experience for each guest that is curated, comfortable, nostalgic & transformative at the same time.

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Lisa Valentine. - THAT PLACE GENERAL MANAGER

 

Lisa has been with us for over a decade, & has worn many hats over her tenure. She knows every aspect of this company, inside & out, & is the consensus "smartest person on property". Attention to detail & understanding of the holistic perspective of the guest experience is one of the many things that make her great.

Joseph Elde Wickham - CHEF DE CUISINE

 

Joseph’s culinary journey has brought him from the Arizona wilderness, to the Ritz Carlton, to our kitchen.  Over 17 years of experience he has mastered his technique, combining the tactile ruggedness of campfire cooking, and the intricate art of fine dining.

 

Joseph creates from the heart, not the head, and it’s clear on every plate - a dining experience you’ll never forget.

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Mike Schmitz - EXECUTIVE CHEF

 

Mike Schmitz came to us from Champaign-Urbana, IL, in 2014. His incredible talent & passion for food drove him from prep cook, to Executive Chef, across all of THAT Place Projects concepts. 

He has been working tirelessly around the clock with our new Chef de Cuisine, Josh McArthur, to create a menu unlike anything that Northern Arizona has ever seen. We are so excited for what is in store...

Owen Dickens - HEAD BARTENDER

 

Owen began his time with us a few years ago as a bar back at the Annex Cocktail Lounge.  He quickly showed a high aptitude for crafting cocktails, concealing a refined and delicate palette under his broad, NAU Football player's frame.  

 

Owen now lends his expertise and leadership to the Tinderbox bar, innovating world class cocktails that add excitement and depth to every meal.  

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Ryan Roberds - SOMMELIER

Ryan started with us in 2020, and was an instrumental member of our reopening team.  His extensive knowledge of wine is only matched by his insurmountable charm.

Ryan has worked tirelessly to curate and maintain one the Southwest's most extensive and unique wine lists.  Whatever you order, he has the perfect pairing for you.

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34 S. San Francisco Street

Flagstaff , AZ  86001 
Open everyday 5pm to 10pm

© 2020 THAT Place Projects - Photography by Eric Hays