The Warren's History.
The Warren City Club was established in 2003 as one of Atlanta’s only true Members-only club. The Club’s name is a tribute to the Owner’s, Kristi Warren Evans, Kelly Blankenburg, Kevin Blankenburg, and Shirley Warren, father and husband, William Kenneth Warren, whose portrait hangs in The Warren.
“It was our goal to establish an upscale, yet comfortable, place where people could gather, have fun and celebrate,” said Kristi Warren Evans, Operating Partner
Now beyond their 15 year anniversary, The Warren has accomplished its goal, with over 400 Members, including celebrities, sports figures, media publishers, recording artists, music and sports agents, local business leaders and neighborhood residents. The Warren also hosts private events for corporate clients such as Delta, Coca Cola, Turner Broadcasting, Time, Inc. and Entertainment Weekly, as well as rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, holiday parties, birthday celebrations, luncheons, brunches and showers.
Meet Kristi Warren-Evans
In 2003, Kristi Warren Evans, opened The Warren City Club with her family. Kristi is from Knoxville, TN and holds an accounting degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as well as a Master’s in Business Administration from Goizueta Business School. She has a background in finance and real estate, including 9-years in leadership roles at YUM! Brands in their Real Estate and Finance Departments. At The Warren, Kristi applies her experience in analytics and management to create efficient, cost-effective and productive operations, emphasize a strong focus on the details, and instill a sense of ownership throughout the staff.
With the details handled, Kristi can unleash her enthusiasm on making her customers happy, executing flawless events and ensuring that fun is had by all. After 15 years of operations, The Warren is the go-to spot for rehearsal dinners, corporate parties and birthday celebrations. The Warren has also won many awards for their food, ambiance and service as a dinner and dancing establishment and Sunday Brunch destination.
Kristi is married Will Evans, whom she met at The Warren City Club, and who is now very established in the operations of The Warren. They live together in Morningside with their personality-endowed pets: Fred, Ginger, and Butch. Kristi is an avid gardener and a wannabe-urban farmer, while Will is a bee-keeper, hunter and fisherman. They are often at The Warren attending to the guests, passing out honey and having fun together.
Meet Ryan LaFrance
Chef Ryan LaFrance is the Executive Chef at The Warren City Club. Born in Dartmouth, MA, Ryan began his career in the culinary arts at the tender age of 15, as a dishwasher at the Abbey Grill in Fall River, MA. After completeing an internship at OceAnna in New Bedford, MA, he attended the International Institute of Culinary Arts, where he studied under Master Chef George Karousos. Upon graduation, Chef Ryan’s career took him to Chatham Bars in Cape Cod, then to the Karousos Hospitality Group, where he worked at Giorgio’s The Steakhouse and the award-winning Sea Fare Inn in Portsmouth, RI. He was next tapped as Executive Chef for Vox Populi in Boston’s Back Bay and later relocated to Edgewater, N.J., to become Chef Partner at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. From there Ryan joined the culinary team at the renowned Stephanie’s on Newbury Street in Boston, where he worked before relocating to Atlanta to open the Suntrust Club and Delta 360 Clubs at SunTrust Park.
At The Warren City Club, Ryan creates fabulous dishes for our brunch and dinner services, as well as oversees all of our catering for private events. His extensive experience informs all of his dishes and he has added great depth to The Warren menus. Ryan is also very personable, and you will often find him in the dining room chatting with customers, describing a delicious dish he has created, sharing notes about up and coming bands or enthusiastically discussing the attributes and downfalls of any New England sports’ team. He
spends his free time traveling and collecting (and reading) cookbooks.
Meet Callie Bley
Events and Marketing Manager
Callie Bley is the Events and Marketing Manager at The Warren City Club! She is originally from the pacific northwest but is a current Virginia-Highland resident. Callie has an extensive background in all areas of event planning. Her experience ranges from bridal styling to day-of wedding and event coordinator to floral designer and event production.
Callie is extremely comfortable assisting new brides, mothers’ of the groom, corporate event planners and anyone else looking to plan a fantastic event. Working closely with clients to make their dream event run perfectly is her passion. As soon as you speak with Callie, you will realize you are in very capable, professional and enthusiastic hands.
When she is not working, she can be found walking the Beltline, shopping at local boutiques and playing with her dachshund, Talulah.
Meet Victor Jones
Victor Jones is The Warren City Club’s Fun-cierge, in charge of making sure all of our Members and Guests have a fabulous time at The Warren! He is originally from Florida, where he owned and managed nightclubs, bars and restaurants in Miami and Jacksonville.
Victor has extensive experience in the hospitality industry, with expertise in Operations, Marketing, Booking and Entertainment Management. He has consulted across the southeast and abroad. Victor also performs as a DJ, and has worked with names like Tiesto, Zac Brown Band, Black Eyed Peas, Eric Church, Snoop Dog, and Darius Rucker. He has been a working actor since 1989 and has been in several feature films, nationally aired commercials and TV series.
At The Warren City Club, Victor will make sure you receive impeccable service and thoroughly enjoy your visit. If you are a Warren Member, Victor has probably already called and chatted with you about what you enjoy most at The Warren and any suggestions you may have. When not at The Warren, Victor can be found playing tennis, boxing or practicing karate.
Charitable Donation Partners
The Warren is proud to support many local schools and charitable organizations. The following are just a few of the organizations we support:
- Morningside Elementary
- Morningside Presbyterian Preschool
- Druid Hills Methodist Preschool
- Paideia Scholarship Fund
- Springdale Park Elementary
- Morningside Lenox Park Neighborhood Association
- New Highland Park
- The Boy Scouts of America
- YES! Atlanta’s Night of Lights
- Press On Women’s Resource Center
- Embraced Atlanta
- Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
- Toys for Tots
- The Fugee Family
- The Atlanta Women’s Foundation
- The Chelko Foundation
- Partnership Against Domestic Violence
- Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
- Georgia’s Ovarian Cancer Alliance
- Yes You Can! Foundation