Meet The Team

Mike Lee

Owner/Operator

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With a degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Wisconsin, Mike worked in various roles with noted KC establishments such as Houston’s, the PB&J group, and Brio. Known for his talent, passion, tenacity, and an incredible amount of self-sacrifice, Charles Garney sought to recruit Mike to help revitalize the venue after a leadership shakeup in 2011. Mike took over operations completing the team that reinvented Trezo Mare. Intensely focused and organized, his leadership set the standard for all managers and staff. Mike also greets customers with a smile and sets the tone for a welcoming atmosphere. A dedicated family man, Mike juggles demanding restaurant operations and home life, with his wife and their three children with enthusiasm and gusto. 

Robert Padilla

Executive Chef/Owner

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In July of 2010, Robert achieved his goal and became Executive Chef at Trezo Mare. He had a long-standing vision to create a work environment where cooks would be able to create authentic food from scratch. Working together in the kitchen at Trezo, the culinary team creates fresh seasonal dishes daily. Chef Padilla says, "We serve all styles of handcrafted food with an emphasis on Italian cuisine, fresh seafood, and hardwood-fired steaks. We make 100% of our pasta, mozzarella cheese, and bread in-house. All our food is made from scratch daily." He seeks innovative and exciting food, presenting inspired menus complemented by flavors of the season using locally sourced products. "It's our mission to make our guests feel comfortable, enjoy delicious food, and feel welcomed in beautiful surroundings. I want Trezo Mare is to be a meeting place for family and friends to come together, relax, and enjoy a timeless experience of food and drink. That is my goal," says Chef Padilla.

Erin Dolan

Catering Manager/Owner

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  • Trezo Mare is employee-owned and operated

  • Supports Local Farmers and sustainable farming practices

  • Supports local Kansas City businesses

  • All foods prepared in-house using the freshest ingredients available

  • Recycles or composites over 85% of waste out of the building

  • Member of the “Fred Project”

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