Geoff Dawson, Co-Founder
In 1992 Geoff Dawson took a break from his work as a carpenter and residential contractor and opened Bedrock Billiards, which remains a neighborhood favorite in Adams Morgan, D.C. Since then Geoff has been the creative force behind over 25 bars and restaurants in Washington DC, Philadelphia, Austin and Nashville. After rolling out five Buffalo Billiards, he returned to his passion for creating unique concepts at each new location. In the process, he has built a strong team of craftsmen, managers and staff that ensures quality and excellence every time.
In 2013, Geoff teamed up with former Bedrock Billiards manager Peter Bayne and founded Tin Shop, a creative team that dives into all aspects of bar and restaurant design, build and operation. Thus far, the Tin Shop team has created Penn Social, Highline RxR, Big Chief, and Smoked & Stacked. With Franklin Hall and Church up next, Tin Shop adds to their stable of popular DC nightspots. The team at Tin Shop is also available to consult with restaurateurs and developers.
Peter Bayne, Co-Founder
Jack of all trades — master of some — Peter enjoys taking the dream of a business and making it a reality. He embraces the creative challenge of building a business that becomes part of the local community. He often states that he is not in the bar business, but in the business of connecting people. The relationships that are formed at a local gathering space is the very fiber of community, and is what makes a neighborhood special. Peter has over 16 years of bar and restaurant experience that began with bussing tables and checking ID's, and worked his way up to being a general manager before investing in his own business 6 years ago. A native Washingtonian and family man, Peter’s passion is working with the Tin Shop team to design and build beautiful bars that create a fun community for both customers and staff.
Paris Hines, Creative Director
Paris, a D.C. native, began working in the bar and nightlife industry at the young age of 17. Her outgoing personality and knack for executing marketing plans and events, led her to managing the front door at various clubs, to booking DJs and events, to working with owners on quality control. She has the ability to make sure everything runs smoothly and her passion for people mixed with strategic planning led her to the marketing and events role at one of D.C’s premier venues, Penn Social DC. She is constantly executing new ideas, new looks and new ways for businesses to stay fresh, innovative and most importantly, fun.
Evan Rosenthal, Branding Director
Evan got his first taste of the service industry at the age of 15. Many late nights of of dish washing turned to earlier nights of bussing tables and eventually to fun-filled nights of serving and bartending at fine dining establishments and beer halls in and around Washington D.C. Upon graduating from the University of Maryland-College Park in 2009, Evan and his close friends formed a web development firm that lead him to rebranding and creating a website for Penn Social. He is the Director of Fun, meaning all events, partnerships and co-collaborative efforts are filtered through Evan. Upon connecting with Peter & Geoff at Penn Social, his position from being web developer transitioned seamlessly into events, promotions, and booking for now over ten location in the Bedrock Bars family.
Bryan Wynkoop, Marketing Director
Bryan joined Tin Shop after several years of working in brand management and online customer acquisition in Washington, D.C. He grew up in Northern Virginia and attended Virginia Tech where he received a Marketing Management degree. Bryan manages the marketing, creative, photography, and branding for all of the Tin Shop projects.