Managing Partner/Owner –
Doug has enjoyed a successful career for over 15 years in the restaurant industry. Doug began his career as a dishwasher and waiter at the age of 15. Over the years he has worked in various restaurants but most noticeably at Ludwig’s Garten in Philadelphia. At Ludwig’s he spent time as a bartender as well as bar manager developing an affinity to beer and specifically that of the German variety. Born in Germany, he holds dual citizenship. He also spent two years living and working in Cologne Germany in various German restaurants. Doug graduated from Drexel University with a degree in Commerce and Engineering.
Managing Partner/Owner –
Kelly has enjoyed a successful career for over 10 years in the restaurant industry. She began her career at the Chester Avenue Café in Moorestown, NJ as a dishwasher and waitress at the age of 15. Since then she has worked at numerous restaurants including Le Bus and Union Jack’s. While living in abroad, she was able to be Manager of Jameson’s Irish Pub located in Cologne Germany. She has experience in all front of house positions from Hostess to Bartender, to General Manager. Kelly graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Anthropology.
Executive Chef –
Jeremy’s deep-seeded interest in food stems from his family. Father Ron Nolen was an acclaimed chef in the Reading, Allentown/Bethlehem area in Pennsylvania. Chef Ron imparted his love of artisan charcuterie and hand crafted foods to his son at a young age. Family trips to Europe enhanced Jeremy’s palette and wanderlust. The Nolen’s went beyond the typical American tourist family to discover cuisine by seeking out off-the-beaten-path ethnic neighborhoods and their butcher and specialty shops with meats salted, smoked, and cured in traditional ways. Today, Jeremy and Ron enjoy making sausages and cheeses, smoking meats, baking bread and brewing beer.At 23 Jeremy presided over the kitchen of Liederkranz, a private German club with a full service restaurant in Reading and gained his chops running the kitchen and creating a truly German-inspired menu. Traditional German food came natural growing up in Reading. Having been a member of the club for years and also attending the annual Oktoberfest every year since he was a child, it came as second nature to reproduce the foods that he grew up with and enjoyed time and time again. Next, Jeremy anchored the Speckled Hen, the English gastro-pub in Reading. From 2003 until 2006, Jeremy was the executive chef at the Crown Plaza, Allentown, and the Gateway Conference Center in Bethlehem, PA. Searching out new turf, Jeremy came to Philadelphia and worked at Bridget Foys until landing the sous chef position and opening 707 Restaurant and Bar, and Chef de Cuisine at Coquette.
Jeremy is a great addition to our team, and is going to bring his passion and expertise of German cooking to add to the overall experience and authenticity of Brauhaus Schmitz.