Meet Our Team

Christopher R. Evans

After graduating Charlotte High School in Charlotte County, Florida, Chris continued his internship at Sunline, a Florida Internet Service Provider. In 2000, he began his career as an operations manager for a small manufacturing company in Minneapolis. In late 2001, Chris returned to Florida where he continued his management career in the family restaurant business. He spearheaded multiple new projects, a philanthropic organization, and positioned the company for significant growth by reforming logistical/operational challenges.

In 2013, he started a new venture, re-opening The Turtle Club in Punta Gorda. During the summer of 2015, he and his partner Bill Socha, purchased The Turtle Club, and also opened a new restaurant, The Glass Tavern, in Schenectady, NY in the summer of 2016. During the spring of 2017, he partnered with Chef Keith Meyer to purchase Jack’s on Marion in downtown Punta Gorda. During this time, Chris is also launching SoEva Hospitality Group. “We are fortunate to be working with hospitality professionals as we continue to serve our guests and grow our operations.”

Chris believes in bringing a team of like-minded individuals together. Building a culture of folks who are passionate, hard working, and genuine in their execution of “gracious hospitality.” “Our culture is simple, a genuine desire to meet and exceed the expectations of our guests.” – Christopher R. Evans

Travis Winesett
Kitchen Manager

Born and raised here in Punta Gorda, Travis has always had a love and interest in the history of our quaint little town. Graduating from Charlotte High School in 2001, he set out to find his way in the world and started a career installing commercial internet and phone systems as a contractor throughout Naples and Marco Island, all the way up to Tampa.

 In 2009, he made his way back to Punta Gorda to start a new adventure – with a baby and a family on the way, he took a job at the Celtic Ray just looking for anything close to home. It was there that he fell in love with cooking and found a whole new passion in life. He stayed with the Celtic Ray for many years learning the ins and outs of the business, traveling north to open new pubs and taking on a leadership role and learning problem solving skills essential for the job. He also was a sushi chef for 4 years in town, only adding to his love for food and passion for learning.

He joined Chris Evans in 2013 with a passion for this city and bringing something great back for the people here. With a strong work ethic, and the love of our motto, “Gracious Hospitality” he took on roles and responsibilities that were all new to him, and the beginnings of our team were in place.

Rachel Dawson
Social Community Director

Rachel Dawson grew up in Charlotte County. She graduated from Charlotte High School in May 2014 and is currently attending Florida Southwestern State College studying business administration and marketing.

Rachel has been a member of our team since September of 2014. She started as a hostess and quickly became our lead hostess.

Rachel is a hard working young lady who embodies our company philosophy. Her problem solving ability, calm under pressure, and sincere tone make her an asset to our organization.


Contact us

139 W. Marion Ave.
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
(941) 637-9477