Megan Ada, Owner
When Megan was young, she remembers going to a restaurant and watching these other little kids working in the restaurant, owned by their parents. And she was so envious of them! She had lemonade stands from the beginning and got her first job at McDonalds at 16. She knew that the restaurant business was her calling.
At just the age of 25, Megan purchased the Sunny Street Cafe location in Westerville and learned how to run a business. She was confident in the restaurant side but learning how to run a business was a whole new venture.
Five years later, she opened Asterisk Supper Club located in Uptown Westerville. This was her own concept. And with the help of her parents, Megan has been able to pursue every one of her goals. Failure is not an option. You make a mistake, learn from it and don’t do it again.
A third concept is also in the works, Ampersand Asian Supper Club, located in the Short North. Stay tuned.
Megan appreciates every person that walks into the doors of her restaurants. Without the staff and the guests we serve, these concepts would not be possible. It’s a great day to serve others.
Brandi Madden Minico, Director of Operations
After many years of working in the restaurant and hospitality industry, and holding many different positions along the way, Brandi found herself returning to her roots in Westerville, where she is a graduate of Westerville North High School. Brandi joined the first of Megan Ada’s Restaurants in 2008 as the General Manager of Sunny Street Cafe. Today, Brandi can be found splitting her time between the two restaurants which are located a couple miles apart. Two of her many talents are an impeccable name memory and service orientated personality. Brandi credits her strong worth ethic to her mother who continues to inspire her daily.
When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family and of course her beloved rescue dogs. Brandi has a love for all things 80s.
Bismark Akomeah, General Manager
Bismark is a recent graduate of The Ohio State University, with a degree in Political Science and Terrorism. His love for restaurants and amazing food led him to Asterisk, and he has been a part of the Asterisk team for two years now. You can find him anywhere from behind the bar to the kitchen, and his goal is to eventually own and operate his own restaurant. His love for Asterisk is only matched by his love for his dog, Arlo.
Hannah Corner, Assistant General Manager
Hannah is a young, free-spirited girl with a passion for the service industry. She has a wonderful love for all the guests who enter the restaurant and strives to make every experience memorable. She is a student at The Ohio State University working towards her forensic psychology degree to pursue her huge dream of working for the FBI one day. In her free time you’ll find her with her nieces and nephews being the best possible aunt and role model to them, which is her most important goal in this life. If she’s not with her family she’s always up for a great travel!
Josh Cook, Executive Chef
Josh Cook has been working in the restaurant industry since the age of 14. He started out as a busboy and food runner, but admired everything going on in the kitchen and soon moved to the back of the house. By the age of 19, he was promoted to his first Sous Chef position with Bravo. Over the next 10 years he worked in some of the best kitchens in Columbus, and was given his first Executive Chef position, at Barrio Spanish Tapish… at age 28.. He also spent 7-years working for Taste Hospitality Group, overseeing several different operations from restaurants, golf club events, and catering events, as well successfully executing over 250 weddings.
In May of 2017, he took on a new role as General Manager for Asterisk Supper Club, where he he manages both the back of the house and the dining room, as well as works along-side his twin brother and Executive Chef, Jeremy Cook.
Josh will be the Executive Chef and General Manger for Ampersand Asian Supper Club, coming to the Short North later this year. Josh has an amazing son who attends The Ohio State University.
John Bowsher, Bar Director
As a Columbus native, John has long history of exclusive experience in casual to upscale and fine dining bartending and service over the past 20 years in this great city. With genuine hospitality as a base for his service he also brings many years of craft cocktail experience, comfortable and polished upscale service, and a true passion to thrive in the industry. Over the course of three years John recently gained additional experience working in markets than Ohio and the midwest. This three year venture out of Ohio led him to work for specialized concepts at a high caliber of establishments in Colorado, Arizona, and Florida. As the regional beverage director for Asterisk & Ampersand Supper Clubs, John strives to make some of the best craft cocktails in Ohio and beyond. Bringing his versatile experience back at his home state. John is passionately eager to continue adding to Columbus’ already thriving restaurant, bar, and cocktail culture.
Laurie Ada (Designer)
My mother, Laurie…has one of my favorite gifts. The gift of ‘style’. She has brought the ‘unique and eclectic’ that makes Asterisk so visually beautiful and different. And trust us… it’ll slap you the minute you walk in. But we think you’ll like this ‘slap’.