Being a restaurant owner is no small feat—nearly 60 percent fail in the first year. But, in just under a year, Christine Doherty Kondra and her husband, Nick, have become culinary darlings of the Main Line. Their Wayne-based restaurant and artisanal market, Cornerstone Cheese & Charcuterie, has attracted attention from city dwellers and suburbanites alike. “The Main Line and Wayne communities have been incredible,” says Kondra, who grew up in Berwyn.
After working in biotech for 10 years, Kondra decided a change was in order. She started a private-chef company in Boston and Nantucket, where she met her husband. Often traveling hours to find suitable ingredients, the Kondras earned a reputation for fresh, high-quality ingredients. “Having the relationships with the farmers over years and years has really helped to develop who we are,” she says.
Kondra also serves as the executive director of the Wayne-based Bee Foundation, which she co-founded with her sister, Erin Kreszl, in honor of their cousin, who died at 27 from a brain aneurysm. In just over two years, the nonprofit has raised $350,000 for prevention and research.