Kara began her career in hospitality nearly 23 years ago as she took on various fine dining and bartending jobs to support her passion for ballet and art classes in college. Along the way, she developed an appreciation for the nuance of flavor and by using her design background, she has been able to provide oversight for crafting a choreographed experience that makes a space feel comfortable and the experience unforgettable.
With Makeready’s commitment to offering unique experiences that are locally curated with the city in mind, Kara has spent the past year on Makeready’s restaurant and bar operations task force familiarizing herself with each properties’ food and beverage programming. Now as she steps into the role of General Manager of Restaurant and Bar Operations at Emeline, she will focus on introducing Frannie & The Fox and Clerks Coffee Company. She brings with her a team-oriented approach centered around mutual respect for diners and staff alike and looks forward to assembling a team as welcoming as the Charleston community.
Kara received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Kent State and will be based in Charleston.
Recent Appointments at Makeready
30 June 2021 — Makeready, a hotel, restaurant and retail operator and management company, announced today that Ryan Thompson has been named director of sales and marketing for The Alida. Thompson joins the group after serving as national accounts director for Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa.
4 March 2020 — Tim fell in love with working behind a busy kitchen at the age of 16. As a native Minnesotan who has called Charleston his home for the past five years, he has developed an appreciation for hospitality, creating special moments for guests in an atmosphere that will make you feel at home.
16 December 2019 — With 20 years of sales, marketing and project management experience, Shannon Hartman is no stranger to the hospitality business in Charleston. Born and raised in South Carolina, she has a deep appreciation for the coastal city and its culinary, art and history scene.