MEET THE TEAM

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MIKE MILLER

OWNER AND FOUNDER

Being a native of North Dakota growing up with a hand in agriculture on the farm, Mike knows the importance of food in society. Providing a sustainable dining experience has always been a goal of his to accomplish in the food sector up in the Midwest region.

 

He started in the food and beverage industry 20 years ago. He gained experience working in North Dakota, Minnesota, California and Arizona where he garnered knowledge and experience on all parts of the restaurant industry, and saw firsthand the global shift in society of wanting a good restaurant experience.

 

With his vast knowledge and experience, he returned to Minot in 2008 to open Big Time Bistro, a successful restaurant based on fresh ingredient sandwiches in downtown Minot. After six years, he made the decision to close Big Time Bistro as he was offered the opportunity to be a part of the community in a larger way by opening an upscale casual restaurant at the Minot Country Club. He created Elevation restaurant utilizing all of his previous skills and on the premise of providing the Minot community with a dining experience like no other.

 

As a business owner, Mike knows the importance of local economics and he is a passionate Minot advocate who strives to provide his customer base with a great quality product. 

TRISTA MCLAY

GENERAL MANAGER

Trista began her journey in hospitality when she was just 14 years old in a little café in Wolf Point, MT. She continued to work at the Wolf Point Café and the Sherman Motor Inn all throughout her high school years. This sparked her passion to serve and host people. 

After high school, Trista moved to Nevada where she took a position working in a fine dining restaurant in Carson City. Here she honed her skills at providing excellent service and exquisite dining experiences. After a few years, she found herself in Minot, ND where she met her husband and together they ventured out to the state of Wisconsin. In Wisconsin she began her career in restaurant management. She served as a bartender and server shift lead for three years in Wisconsin before returning to Minot.

Upon returning to Minot and establishing her home here with her family, she became a manager at a local restaurant for four years. Trista then took a few years off to tend to her children and her family but the desire to be in hospitality was always tugging at her. After returning to restaurant management for three years, Trista took a position serving and bartending at Elevation. Here is where she found a unique environment that inspired her and her passion to be in management once again.

 

For Trista, hosting guests in Elevation is comparable to hosting family and she strives to provide them with exceptional guest service to help them celebrate their special moments in life and to create wonderful lifelong memories.   

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