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Mr. Cleveland started in the restaurant business in 1988 and has worked in casual dining, fine dining, bars, and various hotels. Companies include Brinker International, TGI Fridays, and the Hyatt Regency. Joe started with the company in 1996 and has worked as an Assistant Manager, General Manager, District Manager, and now resides as the Director of Operations for Kirby’s Prime Steakhouses and the company’s other two concepts. Joe was also very instrumental in developing the company’s new restaurant, WoodFire.
Daniel Nemec is the Corporate Executive Chef for Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse, Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse & Woodfire by Kirby’s. Daniel started in the restaurant business over 21 years ago. He graduated from the Texas Culinary Academy in May of 1999 where he was classically French trained. After working extensively under two European Master Chefs Daniel became the Executive Chef at The Belgin in Austin, TX. In 2001 Daniel became the Executive Chef for Girasole, also in Austin. In 2003 Chef Nemec was recruited by the Kirby’s restaurant family to become the multi-unit steakhouse’s chain first Corporate Executive Chef. Since accepting the position Chef Daniel has created dozens of new menu items for the company, oversees 5 kitchens, designed the menu for the company’s new concept “Woodfire”, and continues to develop new menus for future concepts as well.
Rick Shew heads the company’s Training and Advertising out of the home office in Dallas. Rick started in the restaurant business in 1992 and has worked extensively in casual dining, fine dining, and in the bar business. Throughout the years Rick has worked in nightclubs, restaurants, casual bars and traditional pubs in Texas, Oklahoma, and California. In 1997 Rick started as the beverage manager for Daddy Jack’s Lobster Chowder House in Dallas and left to start a career with Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse in May of 2000. In the years that followed Rick began traveling to all the locations, including Mickey Mantle’s, overseeing service points and helping facilitate training whenever a new location would open for business. In March of 2007 Rick took over as the Training Director and became the first person designated to oversee advertising for the entire company. Rick, along with Joe Cleveland and Chef Nemec, conceptualized the company’s new restaurant, Woodfire and is constantly developing ideas for future concepts as well.