Matt Kuscher’s (better known as Kush) childhood dream has always been to develop restaurant concepts. He grew up spending every summer in his grandfathers breakfast spot, The Plantation Nook. It’s why he worked every position at his father’s Washington D.C. cafeterias from age 7 on up and after that attended Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality, graduating in 2000. That landed him in Miami where he’d fulfill his destiny as a third generation restaurateur. The Spillover will mark his third restaurant in Miami in five years, with hopes to open many more concepts in the 305.
Spider has been cooking up a storm at LoKal (and Coconut Grove) since day one. Originally from food haven New Orleans, raised in California, and with ample time spent in Georgetown, Spider brings us his 40 years of corporate kitchen experience, diverse flavors, and laidback vibe.
Born and raised in Miami. Her background is Swedish, British and Irish. Went to CIA for culinary school. First job In the industry was in 2000 at the Waldorf Astoria as a cook and also worked in New York as a pastry chef. Started working at LoKal and moved on to sous chef at Spillover.
Director of Operations
Laurie has been part of the LoKal family since 2013. She was head-hunted by Matt to become LoKal’s general manager, and has since moved up to Director of Operations for the LoKal Brand — a.k.a. Boss Lady. She’s a native of Philadelphia but now resides in Ft. Lauderdale, and once you meet her you’ll know three things for certain: she’s passionate about craft beer, Eagles football, and travel.
Born in Colombia and raised in the 305, Leo is an FIU hospitality grad and father of three who lives for the wild ride that is “the biz.” With 20 years in the Miami restaurant scene, there is no position in a restaurant he hasn’t mastered. When Leo’s not hard at work, you can be sure he’ll be sipping some bourbon, playing his Fender acoustic, or hanging out with his wife Alexis at a bar near you!
Colin has been at the mercy of diners since the age of 13. A Grovite since he moved to Miami to attend UM, he decided to stick to what rang true to who he is – hospitality. When he’s not making you laugh, Colin can be found hiking, camping, or exploring somewhere in the great outdoors. We’d tell you to say hi and introduce yourself when you see him, but chances are he’ll beat you to it.
Vanessa got her start in hospitality working as a greeter at LoKal. But she was ready to take on a more prominent role in the company, which led her decision to put herself on the fast track at Spillover. In her spare time Vanessa roams the Grove, enjoys walking her dog, trying out everything new to the vibrant culinary scene in Miami, and wanderlusting about her next adventure.