Tim risked it all 10 years ago by leaving behind a career in engineering to follow his dream of opening a restaurant. He along with his now wife Joey, ... Read more
Tim Ma | Executive Chef and Owner
Tim risked it all 10 years ago by leaving behind a career in engineering to follow his dream of opening a restaurant. He along with his now wife Joey, quit their jobs, moved to New York City, where he enrolled in The French Culinary Institute. After completing his culinary program and an externship at a 2-Michelin Star Restaurant in NYC, they decided to move to St. Thomas, USVI. They lived in St. Thomas just long enough to figure out their next move which was to open their own restaurant back in Northern Virginia. In 2009, Tim and Joey with the help of family and friends opened their first restaurant which they found on craigslist and funded solely on credit cards. The first year was not easy by any means but it taught them to persevere and push forward with their dream. Fast-forward to 2013, Tim and Joey opened Water & Wall, a neighborhood new American restaurant. They have loved getting to know all of you, the neighborhood and are very excited to be part of this community. Though, they don’t operate their first restaurant anymore, they do stay busy with their 3 kids, Charlotte, Chase and Camden, their deli in Vienna, Chase the Submarine, and their new restaurant Kyirisan, which is a 60-seat restaurant with a Chinese-French menu.