A classically trained dancer proficient in ballet, contemporary, jazz and hip hop, Daniel Brown gracefully navigates the floor as a server at South City Kitchen Buckhead. Also a graduate of Catawba College’s musical theatre program, Daniel is passionate about the arts and is working to become more involved in the Atlanta fine arts community. Check out our full Q&A with Daniel to learn more, and be sure to say hello next time you visit South City Kitchen Buckhead!
What is your role at South City Kitchen Buckhead?
I’m a server! When I started here I was a support server and a greeter, and just recently moved up to serving.
How long have you been with the company?
Since March 2019, so coming up on six months!
What is your favorite thing about being part of the Fifth Group family?
The culture here is incredible – when I worked in Connecticut I didn’t have an option to even have a 401(K) so my experience with Fifth Group is completely different than what I thought the restaurant industry would be. Everyone here feels like family and is very friendly, welcoming and open to learning new things.
How did you get started in the hospitality industry?
I moved to Atlanta from Connecticut, where I worked in special events, membership and corporate giving for a nonprofit, to be closer to family. After moving, I decided to start serving at a restaurant until I found something in my field that I was more passionate about, and decided to attend Fifth Group’s open call at Ecco Midtown. That’s where I got the job at South City Kitchen Buckhead! Funny story – I’d actually come here on a date the week prior for Valentine’s Day!
What is your favorite dish and drink at South City Kitchen Buckhead?
Probably the trout dish that just launched on our summer menu! It comes with a corn pudding and is so delicious and refreshing. My favorite drink would have to be the classic Country Thyme Lemonade – I love both lemonade and whiskey, and they blend so well in that drink.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up everywhere! I was born in Durham, N.C. and moved to Atlanta, Marietta and Acworth before returning to North Carolina for high school. After attending college at Catawba College near Charlotte, N.C., I lived in Connecticut for five years before returning to Atlanta earlier this year.
What’s a fun fact about you?
I’m a classically trained dancer and have been teaching, choreographing and taking lessons for years. I’m also training to be a yoga instructor at Core Power Yoga.
What part of town do you live in?
Brookhaven. It’s a nice and easy commute to Buckhead!
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I love to hike, try new restaurants, visit museums and go to the theatre, etc. I love to keep myself active and involved in the community, so I’m trying to build my network and find more opportunities to soak in Atlanta culture since moving back a few months ago.
What is your food-related guilty pleasure?
Cheese – well, all dairy really!
What’s your favorite band?
John Bellion – he used to produce music for Eminem and I tell people he’s a better version of Owl City.
Who is your favorite celebrity chef?
Bobby Flay! Where I lived in Connecticut, he had several restaurants that I used to love visiting.
What are three adjectives that best describe you?
Positive, motivated and outgoing
Who inspires you most in your career?
My parents. They’ve always taught me to work super hard and do what makes you happy. My mom called the other day and reminded me to continue pursuing activities in the arts, and it’s always nice to have someone in your corner to remind you of those deeper passions.
If you could invite someone, living or dead, to a Fifth Group Restaurant, who would it be and where would you take them?
I’d take Whitney Houston to El Taco! I love El Taco’s pitchers of mojitos so I’d get that, some chips and salsa and talk about music with her. I studied musical theatre in college and obsessed over her riffs. I’d love to hear what she has to say!