AUTHENTICITY, ELEVATED.


Take a short walk down memory lane at Old Town Kitchen & Cocktails, Rock Hill’s newest neighborhood destination for crafted food and drinks. Located just south of Charlotte, and minutes away from downtown Rock Hill and Winthrop University, Old Town conjures up your favorite moments in time, from sipping sweet tea on the front porch or laughing with your friends under the Friday Night Lights; there’s a sense of nostalgia that you can’t ignore.

 

With a menu spanning everything from sandwiches and salads to the revered “meat and two” plates from classic southern spots, you’re sure to find something to please on our locally-sourced seasonal menus. And behind the bar, we’ve got 16 taps of cold regional beers, quality wine, and a crafted cocktail program that takes its cues from the classics.

OUR TEAM

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Chris Coleman

A native Charlottean, Chef Chris Coleman first gained an appreciation for local ingredients and fostering community while spending summers on his grandparents’ farm in Mississippi. The access to fresh, locally-grown food imprinted on his budding culinary mind, as did the intimate, hands-on experience with Southern growing seasons.

 

Chris was never far from Southern food. He was 14 when he started his first industry job at a local fish camp, working his way up through the ranks from busser to kitchen expediter.

 

While a student in Central Piedmont’s culinary program, Chris took a job as a line cook at the McNinch House, one of Charlotte’s most storied fine dining restaurants. He was quickly promoted to head chef at the age of 21.

Chris followed up these early ventures by opening The Asbury, a 40-seat farm-to-fork restaurant at The Dunhill Hotel. Under his direction, the restaurant won multiple Charlotte Magazine “Best of the Best” Awards.

 

As director of culinary experience at Charlotte Marriott City Center, Chris helped lead the team that reinvented food and beverage for Marriott international. Stoke, Stoke Bar, and Coco and the Director are brand firsts at Marriott’s M Beta hotel, where Chris oversaw all culinary aspects.

 

In 2019, Chris stepped into the kitchen at The Goodyear House in Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood. The Goodyear House is built on a shared history of community and kinship. The bar and culinary programs celebrate the best in seasonal, locally-sourced Southern ingredients. Family-friendly, community-oriented and neighborhood-driven, The Goodyear House leads by example, from innovative cuisine to philanthropic efforts.

 

Chris is excited for what comes next with his newest venture, Old Town Kitchen & Cocktails, located in historic Rock Hill, South Carolina.

chris.coleman@thegoodyearhouse.com

Chris Coleman

Chef / Partner

Sean-Potter

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Sean Potter grew up living in 5 different countries as a child, which exposed him to a number of different cultures and experiences.  Sean moved to Charlotte in the late 80’s as a child, falling in love with its charm and Southern Hospitality.

 

Upon graduating from college, Sean dove into a hospitality career with BLT Steak, opening the restaurant with them in The Ritz Carlton in Charlotte, NC and operating the Miami Beach, FL, location. Sean then jumped onto the team of the 1 Group and STK, opening multiple restaurants with the company across the country, in locales from Florida to NYC to Las Vegas. After spending 3 years on the road with the group, Sean decided it was time to settle down, moving back home to Charlotte to join the Dineworks group, where he was tasked with overseeing 2 restaurants in Charlotte, NC and 2 in Dallas, TX.

 

In 2016, Sean was selected to join Marriott Hotels International as part of a team that would re-invent food & beverage for the brand at their beta hotel. Charlotte Marriott City Center. Sean was hired to oversee Stoke, Stoke Bar, and Coco + The Director.  While with Marriott, Stoke was named to USA Today’s top 25 best new restaurants in America list. Sean considers himself fortunate to be a driving part of the M Beta program that conceptualized over 300 proofs of concept.

 

Most recently, Sean has partnered with Chris Coleman and AJ Klenk to build and develop The Goodyear House into a mainstay of the fast-growing NoDa neighborhood in Charlotte.

 

Sean is excited for his next venture, Old Town Kitchen & Cocktails, located in historic Rock Hill, South Carolina. 

 

sean.potter@thegoodyearhouse.com

SEAN POTTER

Partner

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Ben Cornwell Bio

Ben grew up in Greenville, SC where he began his journey into the service and hospitality industry. After realizing his passion for the industry, he set out to explore opportunities in order to gain extensive knowledge of what it takes to run a successful restaurant. He has experienced serving, bartending, managing, and cooking in all kitchen positions.

 

Ben moved to the Charlotte area after 2 years of bartending at Clemson’s favorite local dive bar: Tiger Town Tavern. He was enticed with the restaurant scene in Charlotte, noticed it’s untapped potential, and began to build his resume. Starting as a floor manager at Bad Daddy’s, he felt that management was his calling. From there, he decided to try his hand in a more elevated experience and became the bar manager at BlackfinnAmeripub. There, he gained his extensive knowledge of craft cocktails, beer, and wine.

 

While Ben enjoyed the fine dining scene, he craved more authenticity. In 2018, he reconnected with a coworker who became the executive chef at a local restaurant named Burgers & Barley in Rock Hill, SC. During his time at Burgers & Barley he gained more knowledge of the up-and-coming food scene in Rock Hill and in 2020 was named one of the 30 under 30 future business leaders of Charlotte. From his relationships within the community, he connected with partners Chris Coleman, Sean Potter, and AJ Klenk of The Goodyear House and immediately hit it off.

 

Ben looks to build a team that will deliver an unprecedented level of service, quality, and guest experience for all diners from every walk of life.

Ben Cornwell

General Manager

BrooklynnMartin

Brooklynn Martin

Brooklynn Martin is 21 years old and new to management in the restaurant industry. She was born in Oklahoma but raised in Naples, FL before moving to York County. Her passion for food developed from her Grandfather whose cooking and knowledge inspired her to learn more about the industry.

 

York County has become her home as she now lives in Lake Wylie, enjoying the water with her two dogs any chance she gets. Before entering restaurant management, she attended Winthrop University for Art Education and has won several art competitions. One of those competitions took her to Washington, DC and had a piece of art displayed at the Capitol Building.

 

Brooklynn’s professional career began as a hostess at Fatz Café. She then moved on to Wingbonz to work as a food runner, a server, and a to-go order coordinator. Wanting to further her expertise in serving, she began working for Burgers & Barley. While at Burgers & Barley, she became a closing server and assisted management with catering, events, and marketing. Throughout her years in the industry, she has developed an extensive knowledge in craft beer, social media and applications, outstanding service, and teamwork.

 

While this is her first management opportunity, she is confident and thrilled to be the new Service Manager at Old Town Kitchen and Cocktails.

Brooklynn Martin

Service Manager

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BRYN WINKLE BIO

Bryn was born in Charleston, South Carolina but grew up in Springfield, Ohio. After graduating high school, she went to college in the Midwest to major in marketing. As an adult, she moved back to the Carolinas and gained her love for elevated cocktails and cuisine at The Lighthouse on Lake Keowee. After finding her passion in the hospitality industry, she began working events at The Lighthouse which helped her current experience in event management. It was after moving to Greenville, South Carolina, that she fell in love with craft beers. One of Bryn’s favorite accomplishments was being part of the all-female team that brewed the first prize beer in the Greenville Beer Week 2016; the style was a strawberry margarita sour IPA. She continued her career in Greenville, bartending and catering events for award-winning restaurant: Larkin’s on the River. Furthering her career, Bryn moved to corporate Texas Roadhouse for 5 years and became a corporate travel trainer. She assisted in building knowledgeable staff members in the FOH and opening new locations across the region. She also constructed the base for all FOH training in the Greenville location.

 

Throughout Bryn’s career, she has worked many different positions in the restaurant industry: management, prep, server, bartender, dishwasher, beer tender, trainer, and caterer. She has also worked with a variety of cuisines including pizza, burgers, fine dining, southern, and Asian.

 

Bryn always found Charlotte an amazing and beautiful city. Recently, she began working in Rock Hill and is enthusiastic about the growth of the city. She is excited to be part of the Old Town Kitchen & Cocktails team to help provide hand-crafted, elevated cocktails, excellent food, service, and catering events to share with the locals of Rock Hill.

BRYN WINKLE

Bar Manager/Event Coordinator

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Sam Gomez Bio

Sam Gomez was born in California, spent his youth in Atlanta, and is currently enjoying his adult years in Charlotte, North Carolina. Sam’s roots in Hispanic cooking helped foster his love for intense flavors and people connecting with each other over a meal. After graduating from the culinary program at the Art Institute of Charlotte he started working in the restaurant industry as a line cook. Sam quickly worked his way up in the business and started managing the kitchen of JJ Red Hots Restaurant in the Charlotte metro area. Sam soon started writing recipes and producing sausage for them in house. Sam’s unique recipes got him recognized at the Charlotte Sausage Festival two years running.

 

Wanting to grow and learn more about the restaurant industry Sam left to go work at Charlotte’s new dining experience at the renovated Marriott in Charlotte center city. He met and worked under Chris Coleman and Sean Potter at the Marriott Hotel, which incorporated a restaurant, coffee and sandwich shop, bar and full banquet hall. Sam’s drive and eagerness to always lend a hand had him taking on shifts assisting in the hotel’s banquet kitchens as well as his position working in Stoke’s open kitchen restaurant inside the hotel. His efforts and abilities were recognized as he soon began to run the busy sandwich counter at CoCo and the Director, also owned by Marriott. Preparing daily specials that were made to order had Sam producing mouthwatering dishes.

 

From preparing large catering events, working the line at a casual dining spot, to private dinners, Sam loves and thrives on all the details and determination the food industry demands. You will usually find Sam in the kitchen, creating a new recipe with notebook of ideas in hand and music playing in the background.

Sam Gomez

Sous Chef

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Wes Treme Bio

Wes grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After graduating High School, Wes landed his first restaurant job at Capitol City Grille in Downtown Baton Rouge. During his three-year tenure, Wes learned all the aspects of a professional kitchen. Wanting to learn fine dining, he moved to New Orleans and secured a job opening restaurant Domenica. There, he worked for Chef Alon Shaya and learned how to execute rustic Italian cuisine in a fine dining setting. Chef Alon eventually went on to win a James Beard award for Best Chef south in 2015. Wanting to learn banquets, Wes procured a job with the Ritz Carlton New Orleans. After a year, travel was calling and Wes transferred to Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, California, working in the restaurant kitchen. Shortly after, Wes took a position with Marriott Hotels as a Sous Chef in San Ramon, California. After three years, Wea transferred to the Charlotte Marriott City Center as a Sous Chef working underneath Chef Chris Coleman.

 

Wes is truly excited to be a part of the Old Town Kitchen and Cocktails team as the Chef de Cuisine. He brings with him a commitment to sourcing the finest local ingredients, breeding a culture of positivity and enlightenment, and being an all-around awesome Chef.

 

Wes Treme

Chef de Cuisine