Meet John Glenn, General Manager at Dressler’s Restaurant in Birkdale.
John’s previous professional experience includes Morton’s and Capital Grille.
“I apparently have a serious obsession with cows,” jokes John.
John or “Senator,” as he likes to be called, is a certified sommelier (wine steward). He is one of eight in the city of Charlotte.
What are your responsibilities as General Manager? “It is my pleasure to make sure our guests have everything they need to have a wonderful experience while they are in my care. I also put out whatever happens to be on fire–as quickly as possible–and juggle chainsaws without dropping them.”
What are some of the challenges you face in your job? “Jon Dressler and Kevin McNamara.”
What were some of your favorite dishes growing up? ”Brussel sprouts,” jokes John. ”Some of my best memories growing up involve sitting around a table enjoying bowl after bowl.”
Who does the cooking in your home? “Whoever is holding the cork screw,” he says. ”We have five course dinners that never involve a plate, just stemware.”
What do you enjoy more, cooking or eating? “Eating, as long as my wife is not cooking. I have a passion for bacon. It doesn’t matter whether I’m cooking, smelling, or eating it–bacon makes the world a better place.”
What are some of your favorite dishes to eat at Dressler’s? “I’m partial to the pork chops and the tuna. I have also been told that I’m invited to parties solely for the fact that I bring our crab dip.”
Why do people love dining at Dressler’s? “We know our guests. My family lives in this community, as do the Dresslers. Our friends, neighbors, and coworkers dine here with us. We value our relationships with those who make Dressler’s their home and seek to foster a sense of family. We pride ourselves in knowing the details that make your visit special–your favorite tables, dishes, and special occasions. We enjoy being a part of our guests’ lives and making sure that they always have a seat at our table.”
What do you like best about your job? “The first and most important part of my job is getting to work with friends on both sides of the table (guests and staff). Coming to work feels like coming home. The second best thing about my job is the chance to meet someone experiencing Dressler’s for the first time. It’s great watching their excitement and pleasure as they try something new and adding another friend to my Dressler’s family.”