101 Beer Kitchen: Seasonal Fare & a Motivated Staff

101 Beer Kitchen, owned and operated by Jess and Thad Kittrell, is known for its seasonal menus that pair perfectly with a vast array of craft beers. Fall favorites include butternut squash perogies, butternut squash soup, fall grilled cheese and soup and brown butter gnocchi with mushrooms, among other great dishes.  

Gahanna’s 101 Beer Kitchen (397 Stoneridge Lane) is participating in the 24th Annual Taste of Gahanna that runs through November 11, 2021. A $130 value of food vouchers can be purchased from the Gahanna Area Chamber of Commerce for only $75 at gahannaareachamber.com/taste-of-gahanna 

“I practice servant leadership that is rooted in leading by example. My own crew keeps me motivated, and I stay inspired by listening to podcasts and audio books about business and innovation,” shared owner Jess Kittrell, who has given speeches to Gahanna Lincoln High School students about career planning. 

Operated by a crew of 45 food and beer enthusiasts, 101 Beer Kitchen provides hands-on training events in partnership with its local brewery vendors. To retain a motivated crew, employee bonuses are awarded not only for providing new employee referrals, but they are also given for getting the COVID-19 vaccine. 

“We set-up a clinic for all employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19. We made sure everyone could get vaccinated and that all shifts were covered. This program worked out very well,” explained Kittrell.  

After each shift, the crew gathers at one table to share a complimentary meal and drink, helping the team to build family-like relationships on a more personal level.   

“I love working with 14- and 15-year-old students,” exclaimed Kittrell. “They have such a spark for working in the food industry. It’s great to harness their passion as they perform beginner duties in the kitchen and service floor before eventually working their way up to managerial positions. There are so many multi-faceted jobs in the restaurant industry, from financial analyst to marketing.” 

Bar Manager Cameron H. first started as a busser. “I worked my way up to bar manager after first honing my skills as a server and bartender,” said Cameron. “I learned how to go above and beyond for everyone while training under my first general manager, Erin. She taught me how to be a great leader, and I’m so grateful for her mentorship in this wonderful work environment.” 

101 Beer Kitchen has four crew positions open, including two servers, one server assistant, and one host. To apply for a job, plan a visit, or order a meal, please visit https://www.101beerkitchen.com/ or stop by the restaurant at 397 Stoneridge Lane.