Our Team  –   Taverna Rossa

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We do not offer reservations at Taverna Rossa - Southlake at this time. We host gatherings on a limited basis. Contact us for details. Food and Beverage minimum required.

Our Team

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Preston Lancaster

Founder / ceo

Preston was born and raised in Dallas, Texas with restaurant-centric DNA in him. His grandparents were in the business for over 50 years and his mom owns a pizzeria and wine bar where Preston worked as a kid, running food and bussing tables. Fast-forward many years, Preston earned a golf scholarship to the University of San Diego and left four years later with a Business degree and his sights set on entering into the hospitality industry.

Preston has always been an entrepreneur at heart, from starting a lawn-mowing business as a child to owning a financial services company to owning half a dozen restaurants in the DFW Metroplex. In 2007, Preston purchased Palio’s Pizza Café in Little Elm, Texas and subsequently opened up three more North Texas locations. Soon after came the purchase and rebuild of the highly acclaimed Cadillac Pizza Pub in Downtown McKinney, Texas.  Next, the concept of Taverna Rossa was born and opened its doors in 2013 in Plano, Texas.

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Tony & Sarah Smith

Tony Smith
VP of Operations / Partner

Tony has grown up in the entertainment and service industries all his life, having been mentored by his grandfather, regional executive with Metro Goldwin Mayer Motion Pictures. Tony was raised in Dallas, Texas, but spent many years traveling and living abroad before he met Preston Lancaster in 2006, and later joined the group with restaurant #1, Palio’s Pizza Café in Little Elm.

Getting to do what he loves every day, Tony has become VP of Operations and a Partner in the 33 Restaurant Group, and remains enthused about its giant future. Having worked in the country club and restaurant industries most of his adult life, He’s truly living his dream, while bringing the Craft Pizza & Craft Bar scene to the next level.

An extreme sports enthusiast and huge Dallas Cowboy fan, an avid golfer and always giving Preston serious matches on the golf course. Tony is also a pizza oven master and a Jedi bartender, resurrecting his grandfather’s favorite recipes, including his famous Bloody Mary. You never know what Tony might whip up behind the bar or in the kitchen, but you can be guaranteed that it’ll be amazing and leave you coming back for more.

Tony enjoys working with his wife and life-partner, Sarah, who coordinates private events and gatherings for the 33 Restaurant Group, along with creating inspirational design touches and décor for the restaurants. I look forward to seeing you in one of our locations.

Sarah Smith
DIRECTOR OF LARGE PARTY EVENTS AND CATERING

One of the most energetic, creative, and organized catering and large party directors that any company would be lucky enough to have. Sarah is the loving wife of owner and operating partner Tony Smith. You can see her decorating the restaurants and preparing events for parties that join us in the restaurants and at home.

SOUTHLAKE, TX 04/15/2016 Marketing and PR representative Shannon McCarthy poses for a portrait at Taverna Rossa on April 15, 2016. Credit: Danny Fulgencio

Shannon McCarthy

Marketing and PR

Shannon is the creative lead behind {33} Restaurant Group’s Marketing and PR. With a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a diverse background in the sports, entertainment, and restaurant industries, Shannon brings a new perspective to our community relations and strategies. She regularly finds inspiration at the restaurants, or should we say “the office”. So next time you are in one of our restaurants, and you see her making a desk at one of our tables, feel free to stop by and let her know what you think!

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Live Music Schedule

For Booking, contact Shannon:

Plano – The Bodarks

The Bodarks are “a porch-stompin’, fiddle-sawin’, bass-spankin’ hootenanny,” says Lifestyle Frisco.  Selected as a Shiner Rising Star finalist in their first year (2013), they have been described as “a genre-creating string band that’s developed its own unique Americana music” (Buddy Magazine), exhibiting “all kinds of cool elements from bluegrass to ragtime that really connect with the crowd” (KHYI 95.3FM), and having “delightful harmonies that had the audience singing along to their songs as if it were their favorite karaoke jam” (Blitz Magazine).

Southlake – NM Jazztet

The NM Jazztet is returning to the Southlake stage for more pizza, beer, and funky jazz!

Red Gap Brews & Blues Takeover at Southlake

Red Gap Brewing Company is taking over our taps and our stage! Happy Hour pricing all night on Red Gap featured brews, including Gunsight Hefewiezen, Big Daddy Darryl Double IPA, and Pretty Witty Amber Ale. Band will be playing from 7:00pm to 10:00 pm. Both Red Gap owners and brewers will be in-house this evening, so come meet the Red Gap crew!

Southlake – Danni & Kris

Danni & Kris are a dynamic duo hailing from Fort Worth, Texas—Two very different yet very similar best friends who joined forces together to create a new musical project formed around acoustic melodies, story telling lyrics, and harmonies that make your heart melt. Danni & Kris began writing music together simply for the fun of it. Many days and nights they spent together were sitting on the floor with their guitars, talking about life, love, and even the strange/funny things that happen when you’re dating in your early 20’s. All these stories eventually turned into songs, after digging deep down to harness that emotion and put it into words melodically so others could enjoy the story with them.

Plano – TBA Music

TBA Music is a Dallas-based variety band with a perfect blend of folk/pop, soul, and original music. Whether the occasion calls for an intimate and charming atmosphere or a high energy and engaging performance, TBA Music has a versatile and favorable repertoire. Having played events at the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Arboretum, Fair Park, Klyde Warren Park, Cottonwood Arts Festival, Taste of Addison, and local breweries & wineries, they have established themselves as a rising favorite. They perform as an acoustic duo, trio, or five piece band for weddings, private events, festivals, live music for restaurants, and your next event. TBA Music is currently recording their debut album set to release in early 2019.

Plano – Kylie Rae Harris

Taverna Rossa is excited to be bringing you McKinney local, Kylie Rae Harris. Look forward to her original, Texas-Americana songs! If you love a new unplugged artist! If you like such local bands as Band of Heathens, The SteelDrivers, Slaid Cleaves, Darrell Scott, The Gourds, Kim Richey, The Sheepdogs, Kevin Welch, Radney Foster, Zane Williams, Mindy Smith, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Ryan Bingham, Sean McConnell, Andrew Ripp, or Steve Earle; than you’ll love Kylie! 

Southlake – Velvet Love Box

Velvet Love Box features three veteran musicians from the North Texas area: percussionist/vocalist Brandon Bumpas, guitarist/vocalist Scot Cloud, and vocalist/bassist Neil Schnell. The band formed at Bronco’s Sports Bar in 1997, where they still perform every Thursday night, and over the past fifteen years they have continued to blur the line between “cover” and “original”, creating a niche for themselves. In early 2002 VLB recorded their first EP, “Pilot,” for Texas indie label Aaron Ave. Records. In 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008 Velvet Love Box was voted Best Cover Band by the readers of Fort Worth Weekly! 

Help us kick-off Velvet Love Box’s return to Taverna Rossa – Southlake. The craft beer will be flowin’ and the artisan pizza will be hot!

Southlake – Retriever

Faithfully retrieving yesterday’s classics! RETRIEVER growls like Billy Idol, barks like Led Zeppelin, and chases The Cars while keeping the audiences’ tail wagging. Featuring an eclectic mix of music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s – Beatles, Stones, Bowie, Cream, Traffic, The Police, U2, Billy Idol, Peter Gabriel, Cheap Trick, Clapton, Petty, McCartney plus much more. Come run with the pack – RETRIEVER!!

Plano – Manny & the Gringoderos

We’ll be serving-up rustic thin-crust pizza, craft beer, and Manny & The Gringoderos. Check-out our menu, grab a cold one, and stay for some awesome live music!

Southlake – Jon Christopher Davis

Join us in welcoming Jon Christopher Davis back to Taverna Rossa – Southlake!

Stan Lynch of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers may have said it best – “It’s as if Don Henley, Elvis Presley and the Everly Brothers met late one night at a Texas Roadhouse parking lot and beat the crap out of each other, and what came out was Jon Christopher Davis. He’s brains, hips and harmonies.” JCD’s songs have been recorded by some of the biggest names in Country music. This major label turned indie artist always brings his Lone Star Attitude to the stage!

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