Deborah Lynn Edwards
Deborah Lynn Edwards
General Manager

Debbie was born in Monterey, was raised in Carmel Valley and graduated from Carmel High School. Debbie attended Monterey Peninsula College, moved to Long Beach in Southern California for a time before returning to the Peninsula.

Her first restaurant job was as bus girl at the Buckeye Restaurant in Carmel Valley when she was 16 and later at Bob’s Big Boy while going to College. When Debbie moved home to Monterey, she did so to work in the family insurance business but soon realized she liked restaurants best.

Debbie worked at John Gardner Tennis Club in Carmel Valley where she waited on celebrities like Lucille Ball, Carey Grant, Clint Eastwood and Merv Griffin. The work was seasonal so she moved on to Highlands Inn and later bartended at Fanny’s Bar and Grill on Tyler Street in Monterey for 8 years. Her final pre-Tarpy’s stint was at the Whaler for a couple of years.

Debbie came to Tarpys in April of 1993 starting as a server and moving through bartending, banquet serving and server training before becoming a manager and finally General Manager in 2000.

Debbie has been married for 27 years, her first son is in College at San Francisco State and her youngest son is at MPC.
debbie@tarpys.com

Alethea Cusimano
Alethea Cusimano
Banquet and Catering Manager

Alethea Cusimano is a native of Monterey and began working at Tarpy’s Roadhouse in 2004 as a hostess. She was going to school to become a paralegal at the time, but quickly fell in love with the restaurant business. Eager to advance she quickly became a server and shortly thereafter began serving banquet parties. She was approached by the Banquet Manager in 2005 and accepted the position of an Event Coordinator. She has enjoyed assisting clients in planning everything from birthday parties to weddings to corporate dinners. She now serves as Banquet and Catering Manager for Tarpy's.
alethea@tarpys.com

 

 

 

Tony Tollner
Tony Tollner
Managing Partner

Tony was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1953. In 1964, Tony and his family moved to Greensboro, North Carolina where his mom lives today. In Greensboro, Tony embarked on his career in the restaurant industry taking a position at Yogi Bear Honey-Fried Chicken, at age 15.

Following a career in the Navy and time to "explore his options", Tony moved to Mountain View, California and attended Foothill College. During that time, he supported himself waiting tables at MacArthur Park in Palo Alto. It was there that the idea of restaurant management first surfaced. On a trip to the Monterey Peninsula he went to what was then Billy Quon’s where their ex-boss was working. Following a job offer, Tony moved to Carmel Valley in 1983.

In November of 1983, Tony helped to open Rio Grill and in 1985 he became a partner in Real Restaurants, which was then comprised of Rio Grill, Mustard’s Grill in Napa and Fog City Diner in San Francisco. In 1989, Real Restaurants reorganized and Rio Grill became a free-standing entity.

Tony managed Rio Grill from 1984 until 1991 when he and his partner, Bill Cox found the building that now houses Tarpy’s Roadhouse. In 1994, a chef/friend approached Tony and asked if he would consider another venture. From that conversation, sprung the award winning Montrio Bistro. Montrio Bistro, along with Tarpy's Roadhouse and Rio Grill comprise the Downtown Dining group of restaurants.

With outstanding cuisine, exemplary service and an attention to detail, The Downtown Dining restaurants continue to bring a unique and flavorful dining experience to locals and visitors alike.

Rory
Rory Filbin
Wine Manager
California born, Rory spent the majority of his youth on his family’s Nevada ranch. Graduating from high school in 1997, he relocated with his family back to California in Pacific Grove. The ensuing years kept him busy with a variety of ventures from vehicle sales to freight logistics, music retail to the fire academy. After finding a second family at Carmel's Rio Grill, ten years of growth and memories flew by. In the spring of 2013, Rory moved to Tarpy's Roadhouse to oversee it's wine program. With a commitment to excellent service, fine wines and quality dining, Rory strives to showcase the best that Tarpy's has to offer.
Colleen
Colleen Balzano
Bar and Spirits Manager
Colleen started working in the restaurant industry at 17 as a server at a local Italian pizzeria. From there, she went on to bartend in a fine dining establishment, where she developed her passion for the bar side of the business. Not long after, Colleen went to work at the Vintage Restaurant in Pennsylvania. She started as a banquet server, worked her way into the restaurant & began bartending. Colleen began experimenting and helped with the creation of specialty cocktails for the drink list. Wanting more responsibility, Colleen was offered the bar/liquor managing position where she also helped manage the restaurant and large events. After 5 years at Vintage, and 10 years in the industry, Colleen moved to Las Vegas and left the restaurant business to manage a European Wax Center. She realized that she missed the restaurant industry and wanting to be closer to family, Colleen moved to Monterey. As luck would have it, Tarpy’s was hiring and now, Colleen is Tarpy’s Bar and Spirits Manager.