For Immediate Release:
Contact:  Tom Sasser, President
Harper’s Restaurant Group
tsasser@harpersgroup.com

Harper’s Restaurant Group
Announces New Staff Additions and Promotions

CHARLOTTE, NC…(October 14, 2014) --  Tom Sasser, president of Charlotte-based Harper’s Restaurant Group, announced new staff additions and promotions to the company which owns and operates six restaurants, including Upstream in the SouthPark area, Uptown’s Mimosa Grill and four Harper’s Restaurants in North Carolina and South Carolina.

“We are pleased to welcome back Scott Wallen as Executive Chef of Upstream and as the new Corporate Chef of Harper’s Restaurant Group,” said Sasser.  “Scott is a talented culinary visionary and we are thrilled to have him back at the helm of the company not only bringing back his popular Asian-Pacific style of cuisine to Upstream but overseeing and sharing his wealth of knowledge with the rest of the team at Mimosa Grill and Harper’s.”

Chef Wallen is a CIA graduate and was with Harper’s Restaurant Group for eight years as chef de cuisine and executive chef of Upstream before heading to Wolfgang Puck’s Pizza Bar three years ago.  At Wolfgang’s, Chef Wallen opened the Charlotte Phillips Place store and traveled from North Carolina to California and Japan to open their concepts in various cities.  His love of seafood brought him back to Upstream where he will continue to share his unique presentations of scallops, black sea bass, wild mushrooms, pork, fresh grouper, heirloom tomatoes and more to provide an unforgettable dining experience for Upstream’s guests. 

Sasser said he is also pleased to announce that Sarah Wrenn has joined the company as Director of Sales for ONE Catering, the offsite catering company of Harper’s Restaurant Group. Sarah is a Charlotte native and has traveled the world exploring culture through food and offers a distinct appreciation for various cuisines, preparations and styles.  Sarah’s unique culinary background and love of the restaurant business started when she worked for Fine Dining Group, in Jackson Hole, WY, where she was part of the launch team for a new concept called Q Roadhouse.  Traveling throughout Europe, Sarah settled in London and worked as General Manager for Brinkley’s Restaurants and Olivia Brinkley Events for more than six years.  Upon returning to Charlotte, she furthered her catering experience with Reid’s Fine Foods.   

Lastly, Thomas Marlow has been named the new Executive Chef of Mimosa Grill, replacing Executive Chef John Fortes who will move forward with other projects but remain as a consulting chef for the company through the end of the year.  Chef Marlow has been with Harper’s Restaurant Group since 2009 where he quickly moved up the ladder from line cook to Sous Chef to Chef de Cuisine.  While at Mimosa Grill, Chef Marlow has had the opportunity to travel to Birmingham, Alabama to work in the kitchen of renowned chef Chris Hastings of Hot and Hot Fish Club.  He has also had the distinct opportunity to work with Master Charcuterist Francois Vecchio in Palmer, Alaska, where he learned the fine craft of salami making.  Chef Marlow now oversees Mimosa Grill’s charcuterie program, using natural pasture raised pigs from Rock House Farm in Morganton, NC.  Guests will find these unique products showcased on the Mimosa Grill menu each day. 

Upstream is located in Charlotte’s Southpark area at 6902 Phillips Place, at the Phillips Place shopping area.  Reservations are accepted at 704.556.7730.  Visit online at www.upstreamseafood.com.

Mimosa Grill is located in Uptown Charlotte at South Tryon Street, at 2 Wells Fargo Center. Complimentary valet parking is available.  Reservations are accepted at 704.343.0700.  Visit online at mimosagrill.com. 

Harper's Restaurant/Carolina Place Mall is located at 11059 Carolina Place Parkway, Pineville, NC 28134.  Reservations are accepted at  704.541.5255.

Harper’s Restaurant/Southpark is located at 6518 Fairview Road, across from Southpark Mall. Reservations are accepted atl 704.366.6688. 

Harper’s Restaurant/Greensboro at Friendly Center is located at 601 Friendly Road, Greensboro, NC.  Reservations are accepted at 336.299.8850. 

Harper’s Restaurant/Columbia is located at 700 Harden Street Columbia, SC.  Reservations are accepted at  803.252.2222. 
For more information, visit online at www.harpersrestaurants.com

Charlotte-based Harper’s Restaurant Group is recognized as one of the Carolina’s fastest growing and most critically-acclaimed restaurant companies.  The Group owns, manages and operates 6 locations, including Upstream, Mimosa Grill, and four Harper’s Restaurants throughout the Carolinas.  For further information, contact Harper’s Restaurant Group at 704.375.9715 or visit the website at www.harpersrestaurants.com.

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