Cameron Mitchell Restaurants

Marcella's

General Manager

For some, running a restaurant is a business. For us, it is our calling. Our passion for food and fine dining comes first, business second. We are a chef-driven restaurant. For you, that means fine dining at its best. We invite you to join us for an unforgettable culinary experience.

General Manager Kara Kirlangitis

Smiling young woman standing in brick alley

After Marcella’s general manager Kara Kirlangitis finished her first year of college at The Ohio State University, she took a summer job working in her Pennsylvania hometown as a server’s assistant at the Aqueous Steakhouse in Nemacolin Resort & Spa. She immediately fell in love with the hospitality industry. From the energy and excitement to the mouthwatering food, Kirlangitis was hooked. It became clear this was the path she was meant to pursue.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management, she worked in various service roles before starting with Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR) as a server at Harvey & Ed’s in 2018. Kirlangitis was quickly promoted to a dining room manager before shifting to the same position at Marcella’s Short North. She continued honing her knowledge and leadership skills and eventually was promoted to assistant general manager and, later, general manager. 

Kirlangitis advises those interested in pursuing a career in hospitality to be adaptable. “Every day is different in a restaurant with new situations and new guests, and you’ll continue to learn and grow from them,” she said. “Enjoy the experience and know you’ll never be bored.”

She values working for CMR because of the company’s focus and genuine desire to care for associates. “CMR really practices what they preach to all of their associates when it comes to values,” Kirlangitis said. Her fellow associates often bring a smile to her face, and she enjoys meeting those from other concepts as well.

Outside of work, Kirlangitis loves practicing yoga, watching Netflix, listening to true crime podcasts, reading, writing and hanging out with her boyfriend, roommates and pets (three dogs and one cat). She lives in Reynoldsburg, and her favorite CMR dish is the Thai Curry Noodles at Molly Woo’s. 

The biggest lesson throughout her career in hospitality is to not be afraid to ask questions. She recommends using every resource available to continue learning each and every day.