Dressler’s Spotlight: Barry Wolfman

Barry WolfmanMeet Barry Wolfman, Manager at Dressler’s Metro.

Barry, please tell us about yourself.

“I’m a lifetime restaurateur. I cut my teeth in fine dining, where I spent my first sixteen years in the business. In 1991, my wife and I opened Wolfman Pizza in Charlotte, and I spent 12 years in that aspect of the industry, then on to some craft beer adventures. I’m excited to return to the white tablecloth world, and thrilled to be working with Kim & Jon Dressler.”

“I spent 12 years in Charlotte 12 years ago,” adds Barry. “Being back has been a heartwarming homecoming of sorts nearly every day.  I’m grateful to rekindle so many friendships. It’s amazing to see the wonderful city that Charlotte has become, which just makes it all that much better.”

What are your duties/responsibilities at Dressler’s?

“Like everyone in the building, I’m here to please our guests,” says Barry.

How long have you been with Dressler’s?

“Three weeks.”

What are some of the challenges of managing a restaurant like Dressler’s?

“Though the restaurant feels intimate, it’s rather large. With 27 patio tables and two private dining rooms, there’s a lot of ground to cover!”

How is the food/menu different from other restaurants?

Chef does a great job of buying top quality ingredients, and letting them speak for themselves.  Certainly his expertise is apparent in the cuisine, but the product itself has the loudest voice and the last word.”

What are some of your favorite things to eat and drink at Dressler’s?

Blackened Heart of Ribeye. Halibut. Crispy Duck. Rack of Lamb. Our red wines. Any of Jon’s Mom’s housemade desserts (but especially the cheesecake…it’s money!)”

What makes Dressler’s so successful?

“No doubt it’s Kim & Jon Dressler’s hearts. By being so warm, wonderful, caring, and sincere, they have created a family,” says Barry, “and our guests feel the love.”

What do think people like most about dining at Dressler’s?

“Being more than satisfied at all levels of their dining experience.”

Describe the atmosphere inside Dressler’s.

“Upscale, yet comfortable and relaxed. Casual elegance.”

And the staff?

“Caring. Professional, yet laid-back. Sincere. Intelligent.”

What do you like best about your job?

“What I’ve always loved about being in this industry…working in a beautiful and positive environment with wonderful people and delicious food. The camaraderie of engaging in a shared mission of making people happy. And I get to be my self, and be true to my self.”