C&C Italian Bistro
Chef David Dickensauge, Jr., owner at Cork & Cleaver, which features upscale, casual, authentic Italian cuisine, is a happily busy man. The chef is assisted on the financial side by his business partner and father, David Dickensauge, Sr., and appreciatively so.
“Dad is retired Air Force," Chef David notes, “with no clue about the day-to-day operational part of a farm-to-table restaurant. We both do what we're good at, and it works out perfectly."
As operational manager and chef, Dickensauge is either sourcing food, planning menus, preparing food, or managing the restaurant. “We’re not warming things up here,” the Chef notes. “No big truck pulls up to make deliveries here. I’m busy with marketing, cooking, making sure the restaurant is running, the food is perfect, and the kitchen meticulous. I design everything here, and I run it.”
And it shows. Lisa Monti, restaurant reviewer for the Shoofly Magazine, stated it perfectly in her February 2018 review of C&C—“Dickensauge has crafted weekly specials that might make you want to double down for lunch and then back for dinner in quick succession.”