For some, running a restaurant is a business. For us, it is our calling. Our passion for food and fine dining comes first, business second. We are a chef-driven restaurant. For you, that means fine dining at its best. We invite you to join us for an unforgettable culinary experience.
Nick Ansara joins The Avenue Grandview team as the general manager after eight years in the Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR) family.
Originally from Sylvania, Ohio, Ansara has always been involved in the restaurant industry through various family-owned and operated restaurants. Growing up, Ansara spent countless days and hours in the restaurants visiting his dad, getting to know the associates, and memorizing the menu. As he grew older, he worked as a dishwasher, line cook and busser and learned valuable skills and lessons. When the time came to choose a career path, Ansara’s decision was an easy one. He knew he wanted to continue to learn and grow in the restaurant and hospitality industry, so he attended The Ohio State University to earn a degree in hospitality management.
While in college, Ansara held various positions at local hotels and restaurants before joining the team at Marcella’s Polaris in 2012. By 2019, Ansara was promoted from a server and bartender to an assistant general manager, and most recently as beverage operations manager. Realizing his passion for managing each aspect of the restaurant, Ansara now brings his knowledge and experience to his current position as general manager at The Avenue Grandview.
Ansara enjoys working for CMR because of the constant collaboration. “We have such a diverse and passionate team within our company and so many bright, tenacious and thoughtful people to continually use as a resource,” Ansara said. “The passion for collaboration is truly undeniable and it continues to be a pleasure to learn from the sharpest tools in our company’s shed.”
Ansara’s favorite piece of advice for those interested in pursuing a career in the restaurant and hospitality industry is to surround yourself with a close-knit “inner circle,” both within the company and outside of it. “Whether it be colleagues, mentors or friends, they will cheer you on during your highs and build you back up during your lows. Hospitality is the truest form of a ‘team sport.’”
Outside of the restaurant, Ansara enjoys interior designing, attending crowded concerts, going on runs and getting involved in local activism. With a passion for cooking, Ansara is known for whipping up a hearty dinner for himself or meal prepping for friends. However, on a quiet night in, you can find him curled up at his home in Old Towne East with a good show, salted stovetop popcorn, and a pint of Jeni’s ice cream.
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