Our People

Our core philosophy and guiding principle is: PEOPLE MATTER MOST.

We believe if you’re going to build a company for long-term success, you have to know what’s important to you and your business, then deliberately focus on it. We know that we are in the human connection business and our culture is dependent on people who genuinely care. Without guests who leave happy and talented staff who care about our guests, we won’t exist as a business. So, we do business in a way that illustrates our respect for people.

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Todd Mussman

Todd Mussman, or “Muss,” as he’s known, is a CIA-trained chef who worked with Fifth Group Restaurants before opening Muss & Turner’s in 2005. 

You might meet someone as knowledgeable about food, but we seriously doubt you’ll ever meet anyone as passionate. From foraging wild edibles, to hunting deer, turkey and quail or breaking down whole hogs and turning them into delectable delights, Todd can do it ALL in the kitchen. His deep knowledge and passion for food are one of his strongest assets. 

You’ll know he is originally from Boston as soon as he opens his mouth. Muss is married and lives in Smyrna with his wife, two kids and dog. In his spare time, he loves to spend time on his hunting lease as well as studying, cooking and refining his craft. Todd’s passion for food is not left at work. Muss is a founding board member of the Giving Kitchen and takes an active role every year in executing TEAM HIDI auction lots: whether leading canoe trips in the Okefenokee or executing dinners on Georgia’s barrier islands to raise money for restaurant workers in crises.  

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Ryan Turner

Turner was the food and beverage manager at East Lake Golf Club prior to opening Muss & Turner’s in February of 2005.

He was the 2015 Board Chair of the Georgia Restaurant Association. He and his partners were recognized by the GRA as Restaurateurs of the Year in 2011.

In 2014, Turner was named the Business Person of the Year by the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Turner is a founder and has served on the board of the Giving Kitchen since 2013.

In 2015, the Unsukay partners were awarded the National Restaurant Association’s Cornerstone Humanitarian Award for their role in founding the Giving Kitchen.

The Giving Kitchen was named the James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of The Year in 2019. 

Originally from Maine, he graduated from the University of Vermont in 1994 and did a term of service with Americorps in Arizona along the border of Mexico. He carpetbagged his way to Atlanta in 1995, looking for a Georgia Peach, a job and year-round golfing weather (in that order). He ultimately found all three and now lives in Smyrna with his wife, Shelley, and two children.

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Chris Hall

Chris Hall is clearly the most rakishly handsome and debonair of the three Unsukay Partners.

His story begins right around the corner from Local Three at the Pizza Hut on Collier Road, where he worked as a teenager. Somehow, the magic smell of pepperoni and yeast lured him in and 30+ years later he is still at it. Either that, or he is just too dense to figure anything else out…. So he threw some pizzas and moved up the proverbial ladder, eventually landing, while in college, at Philadelphia’s famed Lec Bec Fin where he was begrudgingly taught to cook by an angry Frenchman and his minions. It was a kitchen ripe with talent (and he was too dumb to be scared), so he set off to learning and taught himself how to cook. Some folks, including a few dining critics, claim he never learned to cook, but undaunted, he still kept trying.

Hall eventually headed home to Atlanta in search of bourbon and a Southern Belle. He found both and is still in love with both to this day. He landed at Canoe on his return and cut his teeth with Gary Mennie, George McKerrow, Ron San Martin and the gang by the river. It was an amazing time at an incredible restaurant and the most formative of his cooking years; but he always knew he wanted his own place, and if nothing else, to cook what he wanted, however he wanted, whenever he wanted. So after meeting Turner and Muss, a fast friendship formed and they began talking about a partnership. It was a long winding road to eventually get there, but the seed for Local Three was born. Years later, they opened Local Three to a swell of critical and guest acclaim and the rest, as they say, is history.

Hall still cooks (not enough for his liking…) but his main role is the partner in charge of the day-to-day operations of Unsukay. What’s on the menu, who is cooking and serving it, how we’re buying it, along with a multitude of other things. In all honesty, he is just trying to figure it all out. His true passion these days is to help people in much the same way people helped him in his career. He loves to coach and mentor and is still entranced by the machinations of the restaurant business.

Hall participates actively in a number of charities and is a founder and former Vice Chairman of The Giving Kitchen. In 2015, Chris, Ryan and Todd were named Cornerstone Humanitarians by the National Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation for their role in kick starting the Giving Kitchen. In 2019, the Giving Kitchen became the second organization to receive the prestigious James Beard Humanitarian of the Year Award. 

He out-kicked his coverage by a long way and has been married to his wife Julie since 2000 (as well as her roller derby alter ego, Polly Atomic, since 2010). They live in Smyrna and when he is not in the restaurants, he is golfing, crashing around the woods, shooting at things, and generally acting the fool. CH loves all kinds of football, round and oblong, and is an avid fan of Rugby ATL as well as being a fractional owner of the team. He never misses an Atlanta United or Arsenal match and will gladly regale you with the delights of gegenpressing and juego de posicion. He likes Dusty Rhodes and Ric Flair, The Dude, Val Kilmer as Doc Holiday, Omar Little, a great bottle of wine, a fine cigar, brown whiskey, piña coladas and getting caught in the rain…… But most of all, he is incredibly grateful for the staff, guests, and friends, old and new, who keep the company going.

Managers

  • John Wilmot
    John Wilmot Chef de Cuisine

    John joined the Unsukay team in 2014 as part of the opening staff of Common Quarter. He moved to Muss & Turner’s Smyrna in October of 2016. Prior to joining up with Unsukay, John went to the same culinary school that brought Izabella Jones and Charlie Zaremba into the fold.

    A lifelong Georgia native, John’s cooking influences began at his mother and grandmother’s sides in their kitchens. When not in the kitchen, John brews beer, ferments things, reads books, and tries to raise a well behaved cat.

  • Susie Oddo
    Susie Oddo President of Unsukay

    Susie has been an integral part of what we do for the past several years. She has led Basecamp, while being an important advisor and sounding board for the partners. Previously, Susie was the President of Taco Mac, responsible for an organization of 25 restaurants and she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this role. As President of Unsukay, Susie reports to the partners and is responsible for the long and short term goals and success of Unsukay. She focuses on restaurant operations, back office support, finance, legal and strategic planning.

  • Jimmy Chio
    Jimmy Chio Director of Restaurant Operations

    After two years in Florida at the Fort Lauderdale Ritz-Carlton and directing the Miami launch of Antico Foods, long-time Atlanta resident Jimmy Chio returned to our fair city to take the reins as General Manager of Local Three. For more than a decade, Jimmy cut his teeth at some of Atlanta’s most popular dining destinations such as Twist, Shout, Strip, and Noche. Jimmy’s time running Local Three has been marked with quiet and steady leadership, growth of his managers and team, financial success, and a level of professionalism that sets the standard for the company. Jimmy’s role as Director of Restaurant Operations benefits the progress of all Unsukay restaurants.

  • Lauren Burling
    Lauren Burling Manager

    The hospitality industry has been a natural fit for Lauren over the last 15 years. As the oldest of four children and growing up around the restaurant industry, taking care of people is in her blood. Lauren impressed everyone through a lengthy interview process (we are picky), as she naturally understands our secret sauce of human connection and taking care of the experience of our team and our guests as the most important part of running a successful business.

    Over the years, she has explored many different facets of the restaurant industry, from country clubs, to restaurants and bars, all while being the best mom to Scarlett. As Scarlett got older, Lauren was ready to find her work home and joined the Unsukay family in February 2021. When not at Muss & Turner’s, she loves listening to Foo Fighters, going to karaoke bars and doing hair, all while avoiding her biggest fear, clowns, at all costs. Lauren hopes to meet her biggest idol, Dolly Parton, someday.

  • Michael Booker
    Michael Booker Sous Chef

    Growing up in the home of Delta blues music, Clarksdale, Mississippi, Michael learned the fine points of southern cuisine from his mother and grandmother. After earning an associate degree and a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts, he left the Magnolia State and joined the team at Muss & Turner’s. Michael’s passion for food, incredible work ethic and positive attitude have served him well as he mastered every back of house position. As sous chef, he continues to grow as a culinary leader and a valued member of the Muss & Turner’s team. Outside the restaurant, Michael is a father, an avid gamer, a lover of martial arts and an orange juice connoisseur.

  • Remy Sainte
    Remy Sainte Sous Chef

    A Haitian-American from New York, Remy Sainte’s culinary journey began in his late grandmother’s kitchen. He studied at Le Cordon Bleu and moved to Atlanta in 2014 to pursue his goal of becoming a culinary leader and business owner. Remy’s fond memories of watching WWF matches with his late grandfather ensured he would fit right in with us at Unsukay. His devotion as a father is mirrored in his dedication to leading the crew at Muss & Turner’s. In his free time, Remy loves the outdoors and dreams of owning a farm filled with goodies from Williams-Sonoma someday.

  • Abbe Stas
    Abbe Stas Catering and Private Dining Sales

    Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Abbe Stas is a lifelong Buckeyes fan (but we don’t hold it against her). She graduated from Ohio University with a degree in hospitality and tourism and a minor in business management. Her passion for adrenaline-fueled adventures has taken her all over Europe and to work in ecotourism near the Lamanai Archaeological Reserve in Belize. Abbe’s bucket list includes skydiving, cliff jumping and volcano boarding. Her love for all things Frank Sinatra inspired her to have his signature tattooed on her arm. Abbe and her husband moved to Atlanta in 2017 and she joined Local Three’s catering and private dining sales team in July 2021.

  • Jonathan Falussy
    Jonathan Falussy General Manager

    Originally from New York, Jon Falussy joined the Muss & Turner’s team as General Manager in January 2022. His love of writing, directing, producing and acting led him to film school at UNC Wilmington and eventually, back to New York. After several positions in TV and film production, Jon returned to the hospitality industry at Blue Water Grill and BLT Prime. He married the love of his life, Lauren, and they soon welcomed twin boys. With a new family to support, Jon jumped into management at David Burke Kitchen in SoHo. Over the next few years, he was general manager of several restaurants in Brooklyn, Midtown Manhattan and the East Village. When COVID-19 shut down New York City, the soon-to-be family of five moved to Atlanta. With extensive experience in restaurants and musical tastes ranging from Led Zeppelin to Wu-Tang Clan, he was a natural fit for Unsukay. Outside of work, Jon loves playing with his three sons, Jack, Leo and Pryce and looks forward to someday introducing them to his favorite films: Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Empire Strikes Back.

  • Vernon Barrett-Dozier
    Vernon Barrett-Dozier Sous Chef

    A native of Philadelphia, PA, Vernon Barrett-Dozier moved to Atlanta in 2017 after finishing college. He joined the Muss & Turner’s team in May 2021. Vernon’s cool, calm and collected demeanor quickly made him an incredible asset in the kitchen. He was voted Peer of the Year at Muss & Turner’s because of his reliability and awesome work ethic. Just like his favorite cartoon character, Batman, Vernon is quiet and mysterious, but when it’s time to suit up, he suits up! As his next bold move, Vernon was promoted to Sous Chef and now leads the team by example. As a lifelong lover of food, his bucket list includes a trip to Greece and enjoying local cuisine from every country on the planet. Vernon would title the story of his life as “The Come Up,” and we are thrilled to have him at Muss & Turner’s for part of his upward journey.

  • Patricia Doenges
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    Hailing from Newnan, GA, Tricia Doenges is a lover of all things creative, including painting, macrame, and music legends like The Talking Heads, Les Claypool and Maynard James Keenan. Since joining the team in 2019, Tricia has let her creativity shine by painting the murals at Muss & Turner’s and drawing the boards in Eleanor’s. In her spare time, Tricia loves playing gin rummy, going to concerts and shopping for bohemian goodies at World Market. Her passion for all things booze has led her all over the world, including to a Mezcal certification course in Oaxaca, Mexico, and lucky for us, to the role of Beverage Manager at Muss & Turner’s.