Introducing Aubrey Collins, one of Whiskey Kitchen’s most dedicated and joyful team members. To Aubrey, M Street is like her second family. Her enthusiasm and evident joy is highly contagious to those around her, both Whiskey Kitchen colleagues and Whiskey guests alike. With love for her coworkers and the desire to continually grow within the company, we cannot wait to see where Aubrey’s path leads her.
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. I moved to Nashville 10 years ago to pursue a music career.
Describe your journey with M Street.
I was in the market for a new job and decided to come into Whiskey Kitchen one night for some drinks. At the time, I did not know that my friend Kendra actually worked there. She served me some drinks at the bar and suggested that I apply for a job. I was so excited about the opportunity that I immediately came in and interviewed with Sophie Stevens and Nick Elliott (Whiskey Kitchen’s Manager and General Manager).
I started as a server in March of 2015. Subsequently, I worked my way up to bartending and am now a manager-in-training. My goal is to move up within the company. I cannot wait to take advantage of any opportunities that come my way and am so excited to see what is in store.
What is your favorite part about working for M Street?
From the first day that I set foot in this building, M Street has felt like a family. The company has such a family feel about it, and being able to work here has been an absolute blessing. If you ask anyone who works at M Street, they will tell you how blessed they are to be a part of the team. I have never worked for a better company in my life.
One of the coolest parts about working for M Street is that anytime one of my colleagues is not having a great day, I have the ability to cheer them up. Whether it be a team member from Saint Anejo, Tavern, or Kayne Prime, we are all here for each other. They all come in to Whiskey Kitchen to enjoy themselves and we have the opportunity to make their day better. It is so important to me to make others happy.
What is your favorite Whiskey Kitchen dish?
The Buffalo Chicken Pizza. If I am not in the mood for that, I will do the shrimp and grits. There are so many great options, and I love them all to be honest.
What is your favorite Whiskey Kitchen drink?
Whiskey. I drink it straight. Nick Elliott introduced me to Willett Pot Still Reserve. I loved it so much that I actually named my dog after it. Willett is a Lab and Great Pyrenees mix. She is my pride and joy.
Have you always liked whiskey?
Ever since I was 21 it has always been whiskey. As a touring musician, that was my drink of choice.
What whiskey distillery do you want to visit?
Well, I have to go to Willett for obvious reasons. I also want to visit Maker’s Mark with my dad because that is his favorite bourbon. And of course, just to say I have done it, I would like to go to the Jack Daniel’s distillery. Plus, it is in the state of Tennessee so it is not that far for us.
What is your favorite Whiskey Kitchen memory?
One time, a group of people sat in my section for almost 5 hours. It was way past the time I was supposed to go home. We got to talking and I learned they were traveling from California. We ended up having a lot in common and really developed this great connection. It is so important to me to take care of people. Even if I want to go home, I always remember that I can help make someone's day when they come in.
What do you look forward to most when you come into work?
When I have the morning shift, I especially love chatting with the girls before we open. I always like to joke around and make everyone happy before the workday starts.
What do you like to do on your spare time?
I love the outdoors. I find peace and serenity there after a long day. I grew up enjoying outside activities like waterskiing and camping. I also love canoeing and hiking. I just bought a canoe and am always looking for new rivers and lakes to explore.
What is something someone might not know about you?
That I had 3 record deals when I used to sing country music.
Who inspired you?
There are two people. The first is my mom. She is my biggest supporter and mentor in life. If I could be half the woman that she is, I will have succeeded.
The second is Nick (Whiskey Kitchen’s General Manager). He has not only inspired me to be a good person, but to also be a hard worker dedicated to my work environment and crew. He knows that he is my mentor. I have thanked him at least a couple hundred times.
Aubrey’s passion for M Street inspires those around her. We are so grateful to have her hard-working and cheerful spirit gracing the team and the Nashville community at Whiskey Kitchen.