Located in The Inn at Meadowbrook, in the heart of Prairie Village’s 80-acre Meadowbrook Park.
The merging of the East Coast and Midwest are at the heart of what makes Verbena unique.
Whether you’re in the mood for intimate upscale dining or simply a drink and bite at the bar, Verbena offers an unforgettable experience. Join us for seasonally inspired cuisine, an extensive wine list, craft cocktails, and exceptional service.
We also invite you to stop by our sister restaurant, The Market at Meadowbrook, located right next door. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Market also features a wide selection of grab-and-go meals, freshly baked pastries and bread, sweet treats, wine, beer, cocktails, and more.
REBECCA McCUNE, General Manager
Born and raised in Kansas City, Rebecca attended Bishop Miege High School and earned her degree in Food and Beverage Management from Johnson County Community College. She has worked in hospitality for 20 years, including extensive experience in restaurant management and catering. Leading teams for Kansas City Joe’s BBQ, and Salty Iguana, she has catered hundreds of weddings and public and private events in the region.
From 2008-2013, Rebecca also owned her own car service, driving the first pink taxi in the nation, which helped raise awareness for breast cancer and generated donations to Cabs for the Cure and Pink Ride.
Interesting Fact: Rebecca was actually Verbena’s first manager when the restaurant opened in April of 2020. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after and left to undergo treatment. Fortunately, she is now a breast cancer survivor, and we are thrilled to have her back at Verbena!
Rebecca is the proud parent of a daughter at DePaul University in Chicago, step-daughter at Shawnee Mission Northwest, and a step-son at St. Thomas Aquinas. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, meditation, gardening, cooking nutritious food, exercising, traveling, spending time outdoors, and caring for four cats, two dogs, a tank full of fish, and a 25-year-old Russian Desert Tortoise.
She is also a true music lover — appreciating everything from alternative to industrial to country to hip-hop — and has attended an impressive of array of concerts, including: Prince, Janet Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Beastie Boys, Eminem, Steve Miller Band, Nirvana, Joan Jett, The Foo Fighters, 50 Cent, Ice Cube, Peter Murphy, and (of course) Taylor Swift.
ANDY MARTINEZ, Assistant General Manager
Andy was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. After studying advertising and public relations at the University of Nebraska, he moved to Kansas City to work for an international real estate leasing company.
Realizing that leasing was not his calling, he made a move to the restaurant industry, starting at JJ’s Restaurant on the Plaza. Gaining valuable experience from experienced bartenders, servers, and managers, he was quickly promoted to General Manager. We are lucky to now have Andy here at Verbena, where he helps manage the restaurant and lead the staff, which he says feels like a family.
When not working, he enjoys conspiracy theories, tennis, architectural design, cooking, traveling, wordle, and doing the unexpected. And he’ll never say no to a Sunday brunch with bottomless mimosas.
Random Facts About Andy:
- Cardi B signed his pants. (He has video proof.)
- Guests often tell him he looks like he’s related to Patrick Mahomes. (He’s not.)
- He attended Farrah Abraham’s mom’s wedding at the Omaha Zoo. (He has selfie proof.)
MIKE DeSTEFANO, Executive Chef
Mike, a Kansas City native, graduated from Johnson and Wales University in 2008 with a culinary degree and the University of Missouri in 2010 with a Bachelors in Hospitality Management. Between schools, Mike worked in Washington, DC, for Chef Todd Gray at his restaurant Equinox. While attending MU, he worked for Chef Aaron at Le Bourgeois Winery. Upon graduating from Mizzou, he moved to Chicago and worked under Chef Andrew Brochu at Kith & Kin, Graham Elliot, and El Ideas.
In 2014, Mike joined The Alinea Group to build Roister with Chef Brochu and Chef Achatz. Mike worked at The Aviary until Roister opened in April 2016. He served as Roister’s Chef de Cuisine until 2019.
TARA CURTIS, Wine & Bar Director
Tara is the Wine and Bar Director at Verbena. In her role, she works with her bar team to create seasonal cocktail and mocktail offerings, curates the wine list, and works with private events on beverage options to enhance their experience. She is currently studying for her Sommelier certification with the Court of Master Sommeliers, receiving a full scholarship from the organization to do so.
Tara has been in the restaurant industry for nearly 20 years. Previously, she worked at Union Square Cafe, the flagship restaurant from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group. While there, she was a captain for private events, received wine and beverage training from industry leading professionals, and worked closely with the chefs to expand her food knowledge as well. She also worked at Gram and Dun for a number of years, as well as multiple restaurants and bars during her college years at Mizzou.
Tara is also an opera singer and loves using the skills honed in that career in her hospitality world. She will happily chat with you about anything music related for as long as you like and tell you embarrassing stories about falling onstage.
ANNA IGNATOVICH, Event Coordinator
Anna has been a server at Verbena since the restaurant opened in 2020 and is now responsible for coordinating private events.
“The thing I like most about my job is being around people. I’m a very social person, and I love how many different people I meet on a daily basis.”
Anna grew up the Kansas City area and has been in the restaurant industry since she was 16, gaining extensive experience in serving, banquets, and catering. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two kids, hanging out with friends, vacationing, going to the gym, and journaling.
Interesting facts about Anna:
- She can speak Russian, but not Spanish. (Her mom is Russian, her dad Mexican.)
- She appeared in several Huggies commercials as a baby and wanted to become an actor when she was younger.
- She has a “weird obsession” (her description, not ours) with hippos.
We are proud to partner with local farmers, butchers, and fine food purveyors to bring you food prepared with only the freshest, best ingredients.