The Arcadia Team


Our team is a veritable melting pot, with people from all corners of the country and pretty much every walk of life. They do have some things in common, though: a passion for food and the uncanny knack for making your experience an amazing one. Take a look at our stories and come on in to talk to us—we may even quiz you.


Gerard Collier

Gerard Collier

General Manager


Born and raised in Japan, Gerard moved to Hawaii at the age of 13. Growing up, his love for cars led him to pursue a career as an Automotive Technician, which he later decided to switch to a major in Travel & Tourism. Gerard started working at multiple restaurants during high school, starting as a dishwasher, line cook and then moving on to the front of the house. He began working as a polisher at the world-renowned Roy’s and eventually worked his way up to bartender. He also helped open and manage a well-known teppan-yaki restaurant from Tokyo in Waikiki. In 2011, Gerard left Hawaii to continue his career in the food and beverage industry and found his way to the Tacos Tequila Whiskey team where his fresh, seasonal take on cocktails is the perfect compliment to Chef Morrison’s food.

James Strizek

James Strizek

Manager




Born and raised in Seaside, Oregon, James always wanted to live somewhere warm and sunny. So in 2006 he found himself in Payson Arizona, where he started to work for Brinker International Restaurant. James was a server, got his first bartending experience here, but thrived as a cook. He Became a corporate trainer, and opened up a new Chili’s Grill & Bar in Diamond Bar California. In 2010 James moved to Phoenix, to expand his serving, bartending career at Kona Grill & Grand Lux Café. In 2017 James wonder in to a new restaurant named Tacos Tequila Whiskey. Hired as a server/bartender his hard work ethic, was rewarded with a promotion to manager. As a manager he continues to learn how to make himself and the restaurant better.

I like to…


Hike Camelback Mountain


Little known facts


I like mystery novels.


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