When chef Robert Wiedmaier opened his newest restaurant, Wildwood Kitchen, he made five of his long-time employees part-owners, The Washington Post's Capital Business blog reports.
Wiedmaier drew key staff from his Mussel Bar in Bethesda and the popular Brasserie Beck and Marcel’s in Washington, DC, to become partners in his latest venture.
When Wildwood Kitchen opened this month in Bethesda’s Wildwood Shopping Center, the five part-owners helped oversee the launch, according to the report. The part-owners – who each took a 5 percent stake -- include the executive chef, sommelier and maitre d’ of Marcel’s.
“The fact that we are part-owners makes it so exciting,” Moez Ben-Achour, sommelier at Marcel's, told Capital Business. “We grew up with Chef Robert.”