About Us

Strive Restaurant Group, founded by Brian Whittington, includes two unique brands:

An upscale, authentic southern cuisine restaurant.

An artisan butcher shop.

Our Approach

At Strive Restaurant Group, we do things a little differently. Whether you make reservations at Preserved or pick up provisions from the butcher’s block at Chop Shop, you can always count on:

Regionally Sourced Ingredients

We are committed to serving you fresh, regionally-sourced ingredients.

Dishes Crafted In-House

All our dishes are made in-house with care for your enjoyment.

Total Transparency

You’ll always know what your ingredients are and where they come from.


Ben Zimmerman

Managing Partner and Chef de Cuisine

John Magsino

Sous Chef

Christof Bauer


Michael Bump

Pastry Chef


Strive Restaurant Group is a locally owned and operated chef-driven restaurant group that includes two unique brands: Preserved and Chop Shop. Preserved, an upscale authentic southern cuisine restaurant, opened in 2016.  In 2019, artisan butcher shop Chop Shop opened, offering access to the best meat that was raised with pride and passion. At Strive Restaurant Group, our team proudly focuses on highlighting regional ingredients through classic French cooking merged with southern hospitality.