Stacey Land, General Manager
comes by the restaurant business honestly. Her father was educated at the Culinary Institute of America and she found her passion for the business while working in his restaurants. Her culinary pedigree and experience in restaurant ownership make Stacey a perfect fit for the role of General Manager at 1618 Midtown, where her discerning menu selections won the restaurant a 2018 Wine Spectator award.
Stacey gained the prestigious Certified Sommelier designation in 2017 from the Court of Master Sommeliers, and is one of only two Certified Somms in the city of Greensboro. She is also a Certified Sake Advisor (CSA). In 2016, as one of seven hand-selected guests at Domaine Serene’s Somm Select event in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Stacey wowed the judges, and came home with a medal for the winning cuvée.
Max Barwick, Bar Manager
As 1618 Midtown’s Bar Manager, Max Barwick’s job is to ensure that you, dear customer, are properly lubricated for every social setting. He’s been with 1618 since 2014 and genuinely thinks it’s the best job he’s ever had, primarily because he can push the envelope when it comes to creating custom craft cocktails.
Max loves whiskey like you love your family, takes pride in making sure every drink is the best you’ve ever had, and will crush you in NBA Jam. Or any classic arcade game. Really. He has 900 at his house.
Jackie Neely, Service Manager
1618 Midtown Service Manager Jackie Neely thrives on change and experiential learning. In work, life and food, she enjoys things that keep her on her toes, like spicy Asian fusion, a current flavor fave.
This Greensboro native, traveling yogi and college nutrition major keeps plenty of vegetables in her fridge, along with kombucha. But there’s also champagne, because you never know when there will be an occasion to celebrate.
Jon Player, Chef de Cuisine
1618 Midtown Chef de Cuisine Jon Player is all work when it comes to food. The Le Cordon Bleu graduate has more than 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry including early gigs as a bartender and a butcher. He’s been with 1618 since 2013, where he began honing his skills as a line cook at the Seafood Grille.
Coming from an Air Force family, Jon called several places home before he made it to Greensboro including towns in South Carolina, Texas, Georgia, Oklahoma and New York. Outside the kitchen, you can connect with Jon on HAM radio, where his call sign is KN4EKQ.
Cherish Cronin, Executive Pastry Chef
Sweet, salty and nutty. It’s a phrase that not only describes 1618 Midtown’s Executive Pastry Chef Cherish Cronin but also her favorite dessert, butter pecan ice cream. This sugar-loving, piano-playing, Johnson and Wales grad grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland and began her restaurant career at the age of 15, and culinary classes soon thereafter.
At 1618 Cherish relishes her complete freedom in the pastry department, where she conducts endless experiments, especially with ice cream. While sweets are her true passion, she loves learning about the savory side of the business.
George Neal, Corporate Chef/Proprietor
A Greensboro native, Proprietor George Neal literally grew up in the city’s restaurant community, getting his start washing dishes while finishing up at Page High School. He worked his way up the chain (dishes begot pantry which begot grille which begot executive chef) before starting off on his own with the original 1618 location in 2004.
He experienced two schools of culinary education: he’s industry taught but also classically trained through his work at one of Greensboro’s premier French restaurants, Madison Park. And he gained kudos as the winner of the inaugural Fire in the Triad competition. In his free time, he can be found on the golf course or taking his son “Little George” to as many sporting events as he can.
Nick Wilson, Managing Director/Proprietor
How can you call something work when it excites you every morning? Nick Wilson does work at 1618 — he’s the Proprietor after all — but spending time at his Greensboro locations is more fun than anything else. OK, fun would be checking in via FaceTime from a cabin in the mountains, but you get the point. His favorite part of the job? Walking the line of trendy and traditional while assisting with the creation of a high-end beverage program with the latest and greatest beers, wines, bubbles and high-quality cocktails.
Nick landed in Greensboro for college and loved it so much he never left, finding a permanent home here with his tenured, erudite husband Holt, who deserves endless praise — and probably presents — for allowing Nick to ply his trade during the odd hours of a restauranteur. His belief in community change through philanthropy have earned him the Triad Business Journal 40 Under 40 award, an Action Greensboro Made in Greensboro honoree and the Greensboro Chamber Small Business Person of the Year award.