Andrea Hoover oversees the development of all beverage-related programs, partner relationships, training and staffing for CMR’s entire portfolio of 36 award-winning restaurants under 16 concepts, as well as The Rusty Bucket brand.
Hoover is a seasoned hospitality professional who fell in love with the hospitality industry at age five and began working in the industry at age 13. Most recently, she served as CMR’s Beverage Operations Manager since 2015, developing beverage programs for both the company’s existing and new concepts, and training new bar associates. She joined CMR in Feb. 2012 as a server and bar chef at M at Miranova in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to that, she served in a variety of positions at other area Columbus restaurants.
Notably, Hoover helped created the beverage offerings that accompanied the restaurant group’s dinner at the historic James Beard House in December, 2017, hosted by founder Cameron Mitchell. She is a leader in the growing low-proof cocktail trend.
Originally from Bexley, Ohio, Hoover attended Columbus State Community College in Columbus, Ohio. She credits her culinary education to the many talented CMR chefs she has worked with and her family, which is also in the restaurant business.