About Us

Ray's on the River

Accolades & Awards

It is an honor to be awarded and recognized for delivering exceptional culinary and service experiences. Thank you to our incredible patrons for allowing us to serve you and be a part of so many wonderful memories!

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Meet Our Team

Ju Hak Kim

Ju Hak Kim

General Manager

Ju Hak joined Ray's in 2022, after working in the restaurant and hospitality industry for over 20 years. Ju Hak has held positions of ever-increasing responsibilities including server, assistant general manager, and general manager, notably working for Iron Chef Morimoto. He has a passion for learning various cultures, standards, and leadership styles that he uses to manage and grow his teams.

When he is not working, he enjoys bourbon tastings, Texas Hold'em, and trying new restaurants.

Simon Young

Simon Young

Executive Chef

Simon Young brings his passion for food, leadership and creativity to Ray's on the River, where he leads the kitchen as executive chef. Discovering his love for the restaurant industry over 26 years ago, Young thrives in a hands-on environment, taking raw ingredients and turning them into truly special dishes for guests to enjoy. Young's management skills set him apart as a leader in the restaurant, overseeing the kitchen day-in and day-out and making him a wonderful addition to the Ray's Restaurants family.

Young was born and raised in New Zealand, where he found his passion for dining and the connection it brings to people across the globe. He went on to culinary school and graduated from Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology before traveling across the world to perfect his craft - working in Christchurch, New Zealand, as executive chef of a local hotel before moving stateside to Key West, Florida, joining the La Trattoria team to serve Italian cuisine. Young eventually moved to Nashville, Tenn., heading the kitchen at The Pub before relocating to Atlanta in 2014. Serving as executive chef at Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill for two years, Young transitioned to South City Kitchen Buckhead in 2016 before joining the Ray's Restaurants team in early 2021.

Young's belief that there is always room for growth drives him forward as a chef and leader, delivering an exceptional meal to each guest dining with Ray's on the River. Professionally, he enjoys teaching others how to create various types of cuisines and competes in Ironman Triathlons in his spare time.

Hallie Wheeler

Hallie Wheeler

Sales & Events Associate

Hallie joined Ray's in 2015. She started as a hostess while in college. Hallie enjoyed her experiences at Ray's so much that she changed he major to hospitality and has continued her career, since graduation, serving in all front of the house positions. Currently she is a sales and events associate. Hallie enjoys the detailed planning of events and making the guests experience a memorable one. When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with family and her two Dalmatians.