Frank Bickel, General Manager
Frank’s food service career began in 1976 working for his uncle and cousin at the neon-marked house of cheap eats Burger and Shake on New Circle Road in Lexington.
“I was ready to make fries or shakes, but my uncle pointed me to the garbage can. ‘Can’t do anything on the inside unless you can keep the outside clean,’ he said.”
In August 1983, the avid sports fan moved to Los Angeles to be near the 1984 Olympic Games. While there, Frank worked several food-service jobs on the West Coast, including a gig with a cousin’s catering business. Cheers Catering provided food for awards shows and movie premieres such as Black Hawk Down, Snow Dogs and the Country Music Awards.
After a career in the textbook industry, Frank joined Ouita Michel’s team in 2010 as manager of the newly opened Windy Corner. Smithtown Seafood on West Sixth was added to Frank’s roster, and now he manages exclusively both Smithtown locations.
Customers who want to talk sports should introduce themselves to Frank. A fan of all sports, he favors the NFL, track and field and the University of Kentucky. He’s a horse racing fan and has been to numerous Kentucky Derbys and visited many of the nation’s storied tracks, including Arlington, Santa Anita, Hollywood Park and Saratoga. He’s not just a spectator. “I also like to throw a ball, swim, dive, shoot hoops — I like the play time,” Frank said.
Frank and his wife, Annette, live in Lexington with their children, Gracie and Charlie.
Ann Daugherty, General Manager
Ann has made a career of helping people and working for Ouita Michel’s team hasn’t been any different.
“I am proud to be part of a restaurant family that celebrates and supports local farmers and producers,” Ann says. “I enjoy being a local food and agriculture ambassador, and at Smithtown Seafood at West Sixth I get to introduce guests to Food Chain, the non-profit aquaponics farm adjacent to our location.”
Ann says a love of good food got her into restaurants. She has worked at several Lexington restaurants. She first worked for Ouita’s team at Wallace Station a few years ago and returned to the restaurant family in 2016.
In her career, Ann has worked in banking, retail management, at a rehabilitation hospital for spinal cord injuries, and at a theatrical supply and prop house.
The Atlanta native graduated from Centre College and has worked toward a master’s degree in Agronomy at the University of Kentucky.
John Granville, Sous Chef at Smithtown at The Summit
John Granville has been working in the food industry since he was 14 years old, and he credits his love of food and cooking to his mother and grandmother.
“My mother and grandmother always cooked for the family on Sunday’s and during the holidays which inspired my joy in cooking,” he says. “From fast food to fine dining I have experienced them all. I have worked in factories and sales but I always found myself back in the comforts of a kitchen doing what I love.”
Besides learning at home with his mother and grandmother, the Lexington native says most of his training has come from the restaurant jobs that he has worked over time. He joined Ouita Michel’s team four years ago.
“I enjoy working at Smithtown Seafood because of its community connection where I live and the interaction with the customers,” John says. “I have been working for Smithtown since it opened and it has become a second family to me.
“There's no better to way to live than loving what you do at work.”
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