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THE EASY TIGER STORY

Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden features artisan bread, locally roasted coffee, housemade meats, a full bar, and more than 30 local and boutique draft beers. All of our breads, meats, sausages and charcuterie are prepared in house, as well as our accompaniments, from kraut to mustard.

Our Wholesale Division provides bread to more than 50 accounts, including many of Austin’s top restaurants and outlets such as the Whole Foods Flagship store. The original Sixth Street shop was named one of the best beer gardens in the nation by Food & Wine and one of America’s best new bakeries by Details, and has been featured in Garden & Gun, Delta Sky Magazine, Bon Appétit, USA Today, Southern Living, Travel + Leisure, GQ and more.

We source locally whenever possible to support our community and create better products. Our partners include Barton Springs Mill, Cuvée Coffee, G&S Orchards, Animal Farm, Johnson’s Backyard Garden, Bella Verde, Lightsey Farms, Springdale Farms, Broken Arrow Ranch, Capra Lamb, HeartBrand Beef and Beeler’s Pork.


OUR TEAM

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Bob Gillett

Operations Director / Partner

Years in Local Restaurant Industry: 25+

No. of Businesses Founded: 12

Got His Start: Cooking steak & eggs for his 4 siblings during Saturday morning cartoons at the age of 4

First Restaurant Gig: Cater Waiter

Fun Fact: His high school punk rock band opened for Sonic Youth


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David Norman

Culinary Director / Partner

Years Baking Professionally: 30+

Preferred Title: Head Doughpuncher (cowboy term for the camp cook)

Discovered Baking Passion: Spending his junior year abroad in Munich, Germany

Past Gigs: Seattle: Grand Central Bakery; New York: TriBakery, Bouley Bakery

In the Oven: Bread on the Table (Ten Speed Press, Fall 2019)


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Evelyn Sher

Marketing & Public Relations

Years in Media: 20+

Prior Job: Editor of Austin Monthly magazine

School: Graduated cum laude from Tulane University at the age of 20

Clubs: Advisory Board of the Austin Food Bloggers Alliance

Favorite Pairing: Pretzel & Salted Butter with a Local Cider


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Yvonne Sharik

Beer Garden Director

Travels: Born in Nuremburg, Germany; moved to Okinawa, Japan, at age 10; lived in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

ET Journey: Opening General Manager in 2012

Number of Restaurants She’s Helped Open: 5

Team Sport: Former Texas Roller Girl, “The Killa’ Sal Monella” #86

Favorite Pairing: Corned Beef Sandwich + Austin Beerworks Pearl-Snap


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Matt Russell

Beverage Director

Years in Industry: 15+

Tastiest Beer Class: Brewmaster Garrett Oliver’s 5-course dinner at Brooklyn Brewery Beer School


Best Camping Experience: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp

No. of ET Beer Collaborations: 4 (Austin Beerworks Montecore, Odell Tiger Whisper, St Elmo Norman, Blue Owl Tiger’s Blood)

Favorite Beer Pairing: Pretzel & Beer Cheese with an IPA


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Emily McNeil

Bakery Director

ET Journey: Hired as Barista in August 2011 and promoted to Wholesale Manager 4 months later

Number of Wholesale Accounts: 45+

Education: Graphic Design degree with an emphasis on packaging

Fun Fact: Was a Girl Scout for 10 years

Favorite Bake Shop Pairing: Tiger Claw & an Americano


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Carly Rossmeissl

Product Development Manager

Education: Culinary Institute of America (Hyde Park, NY)

Experience: New York: Maialino at the Gramercy Park Hotel; Austin: Juliet Ristorante, M’Lady’s Bakery (owner)

ET Journey: Overnight Baker > Bakery Production Manager > Product Development Manager

Awards: Zagat’s 30 Under 30 in Austin

Favorite Bake Shop Item: Sticky Chocolate Cake


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Michael Barnes

Grind House Director

Years in Industry: 30+

Nickname: The Messiah of Meats

Expertise: Oversees ET Cured Meat Program, as well as artisanal accompaniments such as kraut and mustards

Fun Fact: Self-proclaimed metalhead one day hopes to travel the Continental Divide on a dirt bike

Favorite Item: Hot Dog on Pretzel Bun all the way with Beer-Braised Onions, Dill Relish & Mustard


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Emily Pugh

HR & Training Director

First Job: Worked as a deckhand on the Texas Coast at the age of 10

Prior ATX Restaurant Experience: Snack Bar, Hey Cupcake, Franklin BBQ

Years with Easy Tiger: 2

ET Journey: Floor Manager > General Manager, Cedar Park 365 > HR & Training Director + Coffee Program Oversight

Number of Tiger Cubs: 2


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Margaret Metz

Accounting Director

Years in Restaurant Industry: 18

ET Journey: General Manager 6th Street Location, 2016-17

Team Sport: Co-ed slow-pitch softball


Talent: First-class storyteller for niece & nephew

Favorite Pairing: Italian Beef Sandwich & Austin Eastciders