Wayne Wetendorf, owner of Grits Café, graduated from the Culinary Arts program at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada in 1984. The first 9 years of his career were spent in Canada, working in a number of large hotel kitchens almost coast to coast across the country. From Halifax, Nova Scotia to Calgary, Alberta, Wayne had the opportunity to work alongside and learn from a number of talented chefs who mentored him and his culinary skills, and inspired him to believe that the future held whatever he wanted it to be.
In 1993, Wayne moved to Dallas, Texas after being recruited by another large hotel group. From there, a quick stop to Tulsa, Oklahoma, and then on to Georgia in 1997, where he spent the next couple of years working in Macon and Atlanta. His travels offered him the opportunity to learn a number of ethnic cuisines which he embraced with his classical French training, and fostered his creativity and interest in food fusion.
Terri Wetendorf, former co-owner, grew up in a restaurant family, and at an early age was lured into the business. Many years were spent working in the Front of House, learning the ropes of proper service and hospitality. Terri graduated from Acadia University and the University of Western Ontario, and continued on to become a Registered Nurse. While it appeared to be a detour from the restaurant business, it was all part of the master plan for Terri and Wayne.
Wayne had always dreamed of having his own place, and for years he and Terri collected ideas, storing them in their “Dream Book” and fantasized about being restaurateurs together. Then one day opportunity came knocking.