Chef Terry Nolan has been in the restaurant business for 38 years. He started out busing tables and washing dishes at a trendy restaurant in El Paso. While attending the University of Texas at El Paso, he worked at several prominent restaurants in El Paso and Ruidoso, New Mexico. He received his BBA in 1978 and left El Paso for Houston, where he worked briefly in retail, then quickly found myself wanting back into the restaurant business.He moved to Austin, where he worked at a northern Italian cuisine restaurant, Gianni’s, now Carmelo’s. This experience opened his eyes to the potential of the restaurant industry. He received a call from a high school friend in 1979 inviting him to work in San Angelo. Upon visiting, he was offered the assistant manager position at Pelican’s, the restaurant his friend managed. During his first year in San Angelo, he met Janelle and proposed a few months later; they are still happily married with three wonderful kids. He attended Angelo State University and received his MBA in August of 1983. He did restaurant consulting following graduation, and after completing a consulting job, his former partner told him Tony Lau wanted to see him.Tony offered Terry a job in his and his wife Sue’s restaurant, China Garden. The experience was invaluable. He worked several years for them until he started formulating a business plan for his own restaurant. The Wharf Restaurant and Tavern started in the fall of 1987 as a collaboration of his partner and their wives. They have been blessed with the success San Angelo has bestowed upon them.The Wharf features a variety of fresh fish, shrimp, crab and lobster as well as hand-cut, USDA choice steak selections. They also feature weekly specials of challenging new dishes that allow Terry and the chefs to express their own culinary creativity. They take pride in preparing their own sauces, soups, entrées, desserts and appetizers from scratch. The restaurant also boasts a full bar with the most extensive wine list in the Concho Valley, and the tavern area is perfect for quiet, intimate get-togethers of any kind.