Born and raised in the Erie area, Dan attended college at Johnson & Wales University in Denver, Colorado where he worked at the award winning coastal Mexican restaurant, Lola, under Denver's chef of the year Jamey Fader.
In 2007 Dan had the opportunity to be the opening sous chef at 1201 Restaurant & Wine Bar and in six months purchased the restaurant with his business partner, J.B Innes.
1201 Kitchen was born bringing Chef Kern's love for both Latin & Asian cuisines together.
Born in West Virginia and raised in the Pittsburgh and Houston, TX areas, J.b attended college at Southwest Texas State University.
J.b's restaurant experience spans 35 years with time spent at Bistro Bistro in Arlington, VA., NANA's Restaurant in Durham, NC., Irregardless Cafe and Maggiano's (Brinker International) in Raleigh, NC.
J.b moved to Erie in 2007 with his wife and two children, where he was the opening General Manager of 1201 Restaurant & Wine Bar, later purchasing the restaurant to open 1201 Kitchen.