Our waitstaff and kitchen crew work together as a family, just as Eva's staff did back in her day! Our goal at Eva's On Main is to serve a relaxing Southern Comfort meal just like home, but perhaps a bit better. Nothing fancy. Simply southern.
Born in nearby Goosecreek, Tina has two grown children, and is the proud Mimi to her two year old grandson, Asher. Tina opened North Town Creek Restaurant years ago, but then shifted her career into nursing for a number of years. But Tina's heart has always been in the restaurant business. She has worked at Eva's for the past year, and is a favorite among our locals. We are pleased to have Tina as Manager.
Miss Beanie hails from Summerville and has been a fixture in the kitchen since the days of Mrs. Eva, having worked at Eva's On Main for over 40+ years. Beanie fondly remembers working for Mrs. Eva back in the day! Beanie oversees back of the house operations as our Kitchen Manager; she will ensure that we honor Eva's legacy by continuing to serve her old southern comfort menu, as well as a few Daily Specials.
Born in nearby Columbia, with family in Summerville, Mt. Pleasant, N. Charleston & Bluffton, Ray is thrilled to be returning to his South Carolina roots. As co-owner of Eva's On Main, Ray brings 40+ years of experience as a business leader in the hospitality industry to Eva's & will ensure that this historic diner remains a vital part of the Summerville community, while honoring Eva's southern comfort menu. Over the years Ray has owned restaurants in Kiawah, Myrtle Beach & Charleston, has traveled abroad serving as President of Million Restaurants in Abberville, France, & spent 18 years working for the Arnold Palmer family leading resort & club operations. As such, Ray possesses a wide range of knowledge & expertise relating to operating restaurants, hotels and golf clubs; however he is truly in his element when in the kitchen. Ray believes strongly in philanthropy and community; he served on the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors & has been an active member of the Club Managers Association for over 16 years.
While Whitney lived abroad for the majority of her formative years, she is a Carolina girl, haling from Winston-Salem, N.C. She attended the University of South Carolina, met Ray soon afterwards in Myrtle Beach & the two were married on The Battery in Charleston. Whitney has 25 years of experience in resort, golf club and hotel operations, with an emphasis on catering, sales & marketing. Whitney's career includes working as Director of Director of Sales & Marketing at The Maggie Valley Resort & Country Club & Lodge Manager at Etowah Valley Club & Lodge. She served as President of the Great Smoky Mountain Golf Association for 10 years, where she coordinated advertising & marketing efforts for over 20 golf resorts & clubs in the Carolinas & Tennessee. As a community minded individual, before moving to Summerville, Whitney tutored at risk youth in reading and math. She also works with Best Buddies International providing support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As co-owner of Eva's Whitney will honor Eva's legacy by staying true to her SC heritage.
Daughter of Ray & Whitney, Mackenzie is a third-year senior at the University of Tampa where she is earning a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice, & a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Mackenzie works as a Journalist for a Tampa Bay/St. Pete newspaper. As she feels strongly about giving back to her community, Mackenzie is a Presidential Leadership Fellow at UT; with her cohort she has created a mentoring & leadership program at a Tampa area facility for foster & adopted children, teaching life skills, while providing support with the collegiate application process. While in high school Mackenzie worked for Major General T.S. Jones, retired U. S. Marine Corps officer, at Outdoor Odyssey, serving at risk youth, active & retired military service personnel. Mackenzie works remotely managing Eva's website, social media platforms, & provides technical support for our software systems and marketing efforts.