WHAT IS A GOODYEAR HOUSE?
In the early 1900s, when a family had a good year, they would sometimes add to their homes. The house took on new shape when the family was flush. In fallow years, the house remained untouched.
In the good years, the colors and style of growth might not match exactly. As our Goodyear House was brought to life in this 1900s mill home, the modern design reflects that historic aesthetic. The exterior color changes subtly to signify the different additions, some made during the restaurant buildout in 2019.
The Goodyear House is representative of NoDa and the Charlotte region as a whole.
We’re going through good times now, our house is expanding.
Welcome, grab a seat. We’ve added a spot at the table for you.
Chef / Partner
A native Charlottean, Chef Chris Coleman first gained an appreciation for local ingredients and fostering community while spending summers on his grandparents’ farm in Mississippi. The access to fresh, locally-grown food imprinted on his budding culinary mind, as did the intimate, hands-on experience with Southern growing seasons.
Chris was never far from Southern food. He was 14 when he started his first industry job at a local fish camp, working his way up through the ranks from busser to kitchen expediter.
While a student in Central Piedmont’s culinary program, Chris took a job as a line cook at the McNinch House, one of Charlotte’s most storied fine dining restaurants. He was quickly promoted to head chef at the age of 21.
Chris followed up these early ventures by opening The Asbury, a 40-seat farm-to-fork restaurant at The Dunhill Hotel. Under his direction, the restaurant won multiple Charlotte Magazine “Best of the Best” Awards.
As director of culinary experience at Charlotte Marriott City Center, Chris helped lead the team that reinvented food and beverage for Marriott international. Stoke, Stoke Bar, and Coco and the Director are brand firsts at Marriott’s M Beta hotel, where Chris oversaw all culinary aspects.
In 2019, Chris stepped into the kitchen at The Goodyear House in Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood. The Goodyear House is built on a shared history of community and kinship. The bar and culinary programs celebrate the best in seasonal, locally-sourced Southern ingredients. Family-friendly, community-oriented and neighborhood-driven, The Goodyear House leads by example, from innovative cuisine to philanthropic firstname.lastname@example.org
Sous chef Tyler Long revels in his unicorn status: Charlotte born, Stallings raised and not afraid of hard work.
“You honestly get out of it what you put into it,” says the graduate of the culinary program at Central Piedmont Community College. “There is an endless amount of knowledge to learn and skills to build on. I enjoy putting in a hard days work and pushing to work harder than anyone around me. It also gives me the chance to feed people and help people make memories around a table.”
Building on his culinary experience at The Asbury, Stoke and Kindred, Tyler is fired up to explore what Southern food can be in the neighborhood setting of NoDa.
A long time fan of The Avett Brothers, The Carolina Panthers, UNC Tar Heels and Charlotte Hornets, Tyler has been known to run on occasion, but is always on the hunt for the best slice of pizza.
Driven by an insatiable passion for learning, sous chef Raquel Arreola began her culinary career when she was old enough to sit on the counter.
“My mom used to say ‘If you can read, you can cook,” says the 2015 graduate of Johnson & Wales University. Her early mastery of snickerdoodles and countertop kitchen experience led to a lifelong love of exploring culinary history and the traditions surrounding food.
She built her culinary resume in the kitchens of Fahrenheit, Mandolino’s Artisan Pizza and Stoke, among others. When she’s not busy in the kitchen, she likes reading, hanging with her dog Logan and enthusiastically sharing her knowledge of true crime and/or “Lord Of The Rings” trivia.
GM / Partner
Sean Potter grew up living in 5 different countries as a child, which exposed him to a number of different cultures and experiences. Sean moved to Charlotte in the late 80’s as a child, falling in love with its charm and Southern Hospitality.
Upon graduating from college, Sean dove into a hospitality career with BLT Steak, opening the restaurant with them in The Ritz Carlton in Charlotte, NC and operating the Miami Beach, FL, location. Sean then jumped onto the team of the 1 Group and STK, opening multiple restaurants with the company across the country, in locales from Florida to NYC to Las Vegas. After spending 3 years on the road with the group, Sean decided it was time to settle down, moving back home to Charlotte to join the Dineworks group, where he was tasked with overseeing 2 restaurants in Charlotte, NC and 2 in Dallas, TX.
In 2016, Sean was selected to join Marriott Hotels International as part of a team that would re-invent food & beverage for the brand at their beta hotel. Charlotte Marriott City Center. Sean was hired to oversee Stoke, Stoke Bar, and Coco + The Director. While with Marriott, Stoke was named to USA Today’s top 25 best new restaurants in America list. Sean considers himself fortunate to be a driving part of the M Beta program that conceptualized over 300 proofs of concept.
Most recently, Sean has partnered with Chris Coleman and AJ Klenk to build and develop The Goodyear House into a mainstay of the fast-growing NoDa neighborhood in Charlotte.
Meghan Payne got her start in the industry working at a well-known, family-owned restaurant in the Lake Norman area. While in college at UNC Wilmington, Meghan continued to build up her industry experience, this time as a restaurant manager, where she realized her love of leading while providing exceptional service.
Not many people can say they took a chairlift to work, but that’s where Meghan found herself after a move out west. While in Colorado, she helped manage the Ski Hill Grill, the most popular on-mountain lodge and bar (at 12,000 feet) in Breckenridge.
The East Coast — specifically Charlotte — called her home in 2019. She and her partner, Josh, found an apartment in NoDa. When walking past the construction site that would eventually become The Goodyear House, she had a feeling that was where she was meant to be.
A.J. Klenk is one of the owners of The Goodyear House. GYH has been a vision of AJ’s since 2012, when he fell in love with the NoDa community and the idea of throwing a backyard party with great food, great people and great times. The dream looked like a neighborhood gathering place known for bringing people of all walks of life together to break bread toast to good times.
Prior to ventures into the hospitality industry, A.J. founded and built three successful real estate companies and is currently Managing Partner at Capstone Apartment Partners, a multi-family investment sales brokerage, and Catalyst Capital Partners, a commercial real estate development company, both located in Charlotte, NC.
A.J. is grateful for the many irreplaceable colleagues whom he is lucky enough to work alongside. Without these trusted partners, who are now more like family, no great things would be possible.
A.J. has plans to continue growing his real estate and hospitality businesses, but only where he feels real value can be created and where a positive impact on others can be had.
A Midwestern transplant, A.J. has lived in Charlotte ever since graduating from the University of Michigan in 2007. He enjoys challenges in both life and work, sports, giving back, being outside, world travel, and spending time with his wife, Caitlin, two sons Harrison, Jackson, and the entire extended family.
Adam Klenk is an owner at The Goodyear House. Although Adam lives in Nashville, his appreciation for the city of Charlotte and NoDa is deep rooted, having been cultivated over the many years traveling to visit his brother. Like any true Midwesterner, the thought of a local, dog friendly hangout – a place to make new friends and build on the foundations of those which already exist made perfect sense.
Adam’s career began at one of the world’s foremost construction and engineering companies, the Bechtel Group. After years of working on truly record breaking and life changing projects around the world, Adam relocated to Nashville to settle down and open the office for Capstone Apartment Partners, a multi-family sales brokerage based out of Charlotte. For Adam, spare time is never the same – he is a licensed pilot, a serial runner, ultra-runner, Boston marathon finisher, avid mountaineer, has worked with NASCAR pit crews and spent summers working on fishing boats in the Bearing Sea. He is a patented inventor and has recently found enjoyment with achievements such as marathoning across frozen lakes in Siberia to sailboat racing across the Indian Ocean. Last but certainly not least, time spent with his family and friends is his favorite pastime.
The Goodyear House wouldn’t be the community it is without the tireless work of our many faithful
employees, whom we consider to be family, and our many gracious fans. We are excited to introduce
the entire team to you, so please come by to say hello!