Dressler’s Spotlight: Derrick DeWalt

Meet Derrick DeWalt, Assistant General Manager¬†at Dressler’s Restaurant in Birkdale Village.

Please tell us a little about yourself, Derrick.

derrickdewalt“I have more than thirty years of restaurant experience,” says Derrick, “ranging from dishwasher to Maitre’d/General Manager.”

“I played basketball in high school and college,” says Derrick, “and I still have game! I also enjoy NFL football, dining out, and church on Sundays.”

“My favorite is spending time with my family–my wife, Judy of 26 years, my son Alexandre and daughter Darah, and, lastly, a pet Russian Box Turtle-Rex that we’ve had for 13 years!”

What is your primary responsibility at Birkdale?

“My main responsibility at Birkdale is customer service, making sure that both the service staff and our guests have a wonderful dining experience.”

How long have you been with Dressler’s?

“I began with Dressler’s in October 2014. However, I feel totally at home here, having previously worked with several of the other managers, staff, and Jon and Kim.”

What do you enjoy most about this job?

“I love serving people,” says Derrick. “Dining out is in my top three joys in life, and ensuring a positive guest dining experience warms my heart.”

What are some of your favorite items to eat from the menu?

“Some of my favorites include French Onion Soup,¬†Blackened Ribeye, Seared Scallops, and Mom’s Apple Cake. I also enjoy our big, bold, and juicy Cabernet Sauvignon.”

How is Dressler’s different from other restaurants?

“What makes Dressler’s unique is the warmth and family atomsphere Jon has created and maintained in his restaurants,” explains Derrick. “No one’s a stranger for long.”

“Dining at Dressler’s is like going to your best friend’s house for dinner,” continues Derrick. “Great food, good drinks, and congenial fellowship and hospitality.”

What can you say about your coworkers?

“I work with my family away from home, a diverse group of people united and committed to the goal of providing a great dining adventure.”