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Kopkas - Ardsley Station - Savannah, GA.

Tyler and Kara Kopkas both grew up just outside the Seattle metro area. Their paths would cross years ago when Tyler was an Executive Chef for the restaurant chain Rock Bottom and Kara worked at a neighboring Starbucks Café. Close in proximity the two would eventually meet and hit it off. It was around this time that Tyler was advised by a mentor to take a leap and a different role and move from back of the house from the kitchen to the front of the house into management, moving into the role of Assistant General Manager. This was a big risk in his career and what has led to Tylers continued success over the years.  Tyler was known for his hard work, people skills but even more important is his ability to cultivate a great team. The two were married back in 2009 and welcomed the birth of their son Wyatt in 2018, this past year they celebrated their 11th Wedding anniversary. Current day the Kopkas family has relocated to the Savannah area where they are excited to extend their welcome with the launch of Ardsley Station and settle into their new community where they call Savannah their new home.

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Kopkas - Ardsley Station - Savannah, GA.

Tyler and Kara Kopkas both grew up just outside the Seattle metro area. Their paths would cross years ago when Tyler was an Executive Chef for the restaurant chain Rock Bottom and Kara worked at a neighboring Starbucks Café. Close in proximity the two would eventually meet and hit it off. It was around this time that Tyler was advised by a mentor to take a leap and a different role and move from back of the house from the kitchen to the front of the house into management, moving into the role of Assistant General Manager. This was a big risk in his career and what has led to Tylers continued success over the years.  Tyler was known for his hard work, people skills but even more important is his ability to cultivate a great team. The two were married back in 2009 and welcomed the birth of their son Wyatt in 2018, this past year they celebrated their 11th Wedding anniversary. Current day the Kopkas family has relocated to the Savannah area where they are excited to extend their welcome with the launch of Ardsley Station and settle into their new community where they call Savannah their new home.

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steve and Mary paschall - Ardsley Station - Savannah, GA.

Mary retired from corporate life in 2019 and although Steve was still busy with their various NYC businesses, they both looked forward to spending more time indulging in their favorite hobbies; traveling the world, visiting far-off families, and spending more time in Savannah where the couple had purchased a home in 2015.

Visits to Mary’s hometown of Seattle always included visits with their extended family, including their niece and nephew, Kara and Tyler Kopkas. The Pacific Northwest is known for fresh seafood and delicious wines, and every visit home included checking out the local food scene as well as Tyler’s restaurants.

The four visited Paris and Epernay together in 2017 where they sampled incredible food, wine, and French champagnes. In the fall of 2019, Kara and Tyler visited Savannah, and over dinner one evening, Tyler shared his dream of running his own restaurant where he could utilize his years of industry experience and share his passion for food and community. That conversation remained with Steve and Mary as they continued to seek out new business opportunities locally.

Then the Pandemic happened. New York was experiencing the highest Covid-19 levels in the country, and Savannah quickly become the Paschalls full-time home. As many restaurants were forced to close, one local favorites’ closing broke their heart: the Atlantic. As sad as it was, Steve and Tyler felt positive about the opportunity. The decision to leave home and family in Seattle was enormous, but Tyler knew that opportunities like this don’t come along very often in life, so he and Kara jumped in with both feet. Steve and Tyler worked quickly to put together a plan. A few weeks later, Ardsley Station, the dream of a lifetime, was off and running.

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Mike Blonna - Ardsley Station - Savannah, GA.

Mike’s passion for food and his adventurous spirit has made it possible for him to cook in some remarkable cities in the United States.

Originally from the Northeast, Mike’s natural curiosity and search for flavor led him to the South where he spent time in a variety of kitchens in Charleston, Nashville, and finally here in Savannah. He says this area is ideal as it produces an abundance of the most incredible vegetables due to its dense, nutrient-rich soil.

Mike has worked alongside several notable James Beard award-winning Chefs in high-pressure kitchens, but he remains a friendly, calming influence in the Station kitchen, and has never forgotten to slow down and make a few pizzas along the way.

He is excited by the sense of community he has felt working with the entire team preparing for the opening of Ardsley Station. He says the experience has been both inspiring and humbling, and he cannot wait to have you join us for dinner or a snack on the patio here at Ardsley Station.

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Nathasha Gaskill - Ardsley Station - Savannah, GA.

A Pacific Northwest Native, Natasha is a local legend known for her delicious, sweet deserts, stunning cakes, incredibly addictive donuts, and heavenly fresh bread.

Natasha’s ever-evolving culinary curiosity became her professional occupation right here in Savannah, where she learned her expert technique under the tutelage of local legend Chef Jean Vendeville and internationally renowned cake artist Minette Rushing.

In 2013, she launched A Squad Bake Shop in a kitchen she built in her own back yard, earning a cult following for her unique and exciting flavor profiles, hyperlocal ingredients, and mouth-watering social media posts. Her talent with wedding cakes and donuts has become local lore.

After lending her skills locally to Lulu’s Chocolate Bar, Lulu Cakes, HUSK, The Grey Market, and The Grey Restaurant, Natasha is currently developing the bread, dessert, and pastry program for the new Ardsley Station. Follow her on social media for up-to-date details on her upcoming pop-ups and baking workshops around the Southeast.