Born and raised in the Lowcountry, Steve Stone is the epitome of a true Charlestonian. Steve grew up in a family of avid hunters and worked as a busboy and dishwasher throughout high school.
After high school, Steve attended culinary school at Johnson & Wales University in Charleston. While in culinary school, Steve started his journey at 82 Queen and served as the Executive Chef from 1991 to 2005. After leaving 82 Queen, Steve became the General Manager of Boone Hall Farm’s Farmers Market Store. Steve also created countless relationships with local businesses and farmers throughout his tenure working at the farm.
“I’ve always enjoyed cooking and the restaurant scene,” says Stone, which is what ultimately led him back into the kitchen. “The abundance of fresh local ingredients we have available is what makes cooking exciting. Every day brings new ideas based on what comes in from the farm.”
Steve Kish, originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has been in the Hospitality Industry for 39 years. Kish began his career in the Lowcountry over 30 years ago, and in 1982, he and partners Harvey Poole and Joe Sliker opened 82 Queen.
Today, Kish is highly regarded in the Charleston community, both personally and professionally. He is a founding member of the Chef Association, a Charleston Restaurant Association Board member, a Taste of Charleston and Oyster Festival Chairman, a husband, a father of two. Kish is the proud owner of 82 Queen, now a long-standing Charleston tradition, Florence's Lowcountry Kitchen in West Ashley, and Jalisco Taqueria & Tequila on James Island.
CEO of Queen Street Hospitality Group
Jonathan Kish leads the Queen Street Hospitality team with a background in management and finance, but with a passion for food and the legacy of Queen Street Hospitality. He graduated from Clemson University with a degree in international management and developed key skills while working with Northwestern Mutual. In late 2012, Jonathan moved back to South Carolina to assist his family with managing 82 Queen.
Since then, Jonathan has stepped up to become Chief Executive Officer of Queen Street Hospitality, managing all restaurants: 82 Queen, Florence's Lowcountry Kitchen, and Jalisco Taqueria & Tequila. A leader in Charleston’s hospitality industry, he brings the best culinary, beverage, and service talents to his restaurants to make each restaurant a unique destination with award-winning menus.
His vision for the future is unparalleled as he takes the reigns from his father, Steve Kish. Steve opened 82 Queen, a historic Charleston culinary institution for 38 years, and helped curate the Lowcountry cuisine the world knows and loves today. Jonathan works diligently to represent and preserve this authentic fare and Southern hospitality, while eagerly breaking barriers to elevate Charleston’s culinary scene.
Jonathan, his wife, and two daughters reside on James Island, SC where they spend days on the dock and cooking. Jonathan kids that his youngest is already an oyster aficionado.
COO of Queen Street Hospitality Group
Patrick Kish’s introduction to the hospitality industry started at an early age. From washing dishes and bussing tables to serving and bartending, Patrick held nearly every position at his family’s restaurant, 82 Queen, before moving into a leadership role.
He quickly worked his way up to a manager position at 82 Queen by age 20, and held the role of assistant general manager at age 22. Patrick also assisted with the opening of Queen Street Hospitality project, Lowcountry Bistro, where he held the title of General Manager at just 25 years old. Most recently, he helped open the restaurant group’s third concept, Swig & Swine.
Currently, Patrick serves as Chief Operating Officer of Queen Street Hospitality. When he’s not working in the restaurants or busy developing new plans to grow the family business, Patrick enjoys taking time out for music, art, and dining out.