Spoon and Stable’s General Manager Jeffrey Mitchell was born and raised in the Twin Cities and has always had a passion for hospitality. He credits this passion to watching his mother effortlessly and gracefully host fantastic family meals and he aims to bring that same gracious hospitality to guests at Spoon and Stable.
Mitchell’s first job was washing dishes and busing tables at a local steakhouse at the age of 16. After graduating high school he went to the University of Minnesota where he majored in cultural studies and comparative literature. Following college, Mitchell returned to his work in restaurants, working at Cavé Vin while simultaneously playing guitar in an underground rock band. Mitchell’s passion for restaurants grew during his stint at Cavé Vin, which lasted for seven years.
Mitchell continued to learn about food, wine, and hospitality by spending a year in Paris in 2010. There he enjoyed exploring all of the neighborhood markets, restaurants, wine bars, and shops. After a year abroad, Mitchell returned to Minneapolis to work as a server at The Craftsman Restaurant, where he honed his knowledge of farm to table dining. He rounded out his restaurant experience with work at Eat Street Social where he learned about the art of craft cocktails.
Having worked in some of the Twin Cities’ top restaurants, Mitchell had his sights set on Spoon and Stable. Of his first time entering the restaurant, Mitchell says, “I was struck by the beauty of the space. I get that same feeling every day when I walk into the restaurant. The room is grand and welcoming at the same time.” He started working at Spoon and Stable in 2015 as a server and quickly took on the role of private dining coordinator. After a year, he was promoted to assistant general manager. Less than a year after that, Mitchell was promoted to general manager.
Mitchell describes his personal hospitality philosophy as “personal investment in crafting the experience of our guests, and of the joy that comes from engaging with people in a genuine and welcoming way.” Some of his favorite aspects of his current role are welcoming new people each night and getting to spend his days learning new things that fascinate him. In his spare time, he is pursuing his Sommelier Certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers.
When Mitchell is out of the restaurant, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Lia, and their dog, Romeo. Mitchell also likes to fish and play guitar.