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Paulie’s Counter Culture – Sid Surrock

A native Houstonian who transplanted to San Antonio at the age of five, Sid’s earliest memories are of the neighborhood surrounding Paulie’s in the mid nineties. Though she lamented leaving Houston back in 1998, Sid says San Antonio turned out to be a great place to grow up. There she learned Spanish, nourished what would become a life-long passion for art, and always had access to the finest tacos in Texas.



After graduating high school in San Antonio and briefly working as secretary for her parents’ architecture firm, Sid returned to Houston to study art and German at the University of Houston. She spent some of her favorite times in 6-hour-long life drawing classes (the kind with the naked people) and working as a writing tutor at the UH Honors College. In the fall of 2015, Sid began a year of study abroad in Leipzig, Germany.  The European journey brought her many epiphanies: she decided to go vegan, acquired way more German than she’ll probably ever use, and knew for certain that she wanted to commit her life to making and teaching art. Before coming to Paulie’s in June of 2018, she worked as a barista at Café Cosmopolita in downtown Houston.

When she’s not serving up cappuccinos and taking orders at Paulie’s, Sid likes to spend quality time with her boyfriend and two cats. In addition to drawing, painting, and spending time outdoors, she’s developing skills in ceramics and volunteering with Friends for Life, a local cat and dog rescue organization.

Paulie’s Counter Culture – Dakota Workman

Dakota spent the first 13 years of his life about an hour and a half northeast of Houston in Livingston, Texas.



Later, he and his family moved to Tomball, Texas where he attended both middle school and high school.  After high school Dakota completed a year at Blinn college followed by a year in car sales.  During this time Dakota’s family moved to downtown Houston where he now resides.  After determining it was the right time to go back to school he worked as a security guard while attending community college. Dakota is now attending the University of Houston perusing a degree in psychology.  After college Dakota plans on becoming a commercial real estate agent here in Houston.

November of 2017, Dakota started working as security for Paulie’s. By March of 2018 Dakota had left security in order to join the front of house staff at Paulie’s and he has been loving it ever since.

Dakota’s interests include cars, motorcycles, mixed martial arts, traveling, financial documentaries, snowboarding, long boarding, and wakeboarding.

Paulie’s Counter Culture -Kylen Tamboong

Kylen Tamboong was born and raised in Houston, Texas and now resides in the Cypress area.  Though he is of Filipino ethnicity, he is one hundred percent pure Houstonian.



As a child, he found his love for food, always eager to taste what his mother and grandmother would put together.  Taking from their experiences and practice, Kylen was able to teach himself how to cook meals for himself and his family. It was because of this that he became a foodie.  A lover of all things edible and wasn’t afraid to try anything that was presented in front of him.  It was always a treat for him to come down to Houston and search for any new places that might catch his eye

His other interests other than food include cars, photography, and board sports.  Kylen’s passion for cars started when he was only four years old. Watching “The Fast and the Furious” back in 2001 began his automotive journey.  Meeting and connecting fellow car enthusiasts from all around the world.  I think it’s safe to say that his automotive “fire” will not die out anytime soon.

Kylen remembers his first camera dating back to the late 2000’s with those old kodak disposable cameras that his parents gave to him on trips to capture all the memories with his family.  From there, his love for photography grew exponentially. Now, Kylen has a small list of clients that can contact him for a shoot.  He is not a published photographer yet, but he hopes to be in the coming years.

Board sports are another of one of his big passions in life.  From skateboarding to surfboarding, Kylen has done it.  Right now he is aiming to further his skill for snowboarding and surfing after finally acquiring his first snowboard in December of 2017 and his two surfboards in April of 2018.

All of Kylen’s previous jobs have had a very high customer interaction base.  His first job was at a Sonic Drive-In in 2013 as a carhop and his previous job was at Parkway Chevrolet in Tomball.  He loves being able to interact with the customers at his jobs because he aims to provide a good impression for the customer.  Working as a barista at Paulie’s and interacting with the customers is a perfect fit for him.

As of right now, Kylen is studying at University of Houston as a Mechanical Engineering major and hopes to land a career in the energy industry after graduation.  Living in Houston and studying to be an Engineer. What more could he ask for?

This is Kylen’s first job in the Houston area and he is beyond excited to be working at Paulie’s.

He is especially excited to be working and focusing on the drinking aspect of the job expanding his knowledge of beer, wine, and coffee.

Paulie’s Counter Culture – Manny Herrera

Manny Herrera was born in Houston, TX in 1992 in the neighborhood of Kashmere Gardens.


 He attended Elliot ES in Denver Harbor, Hamilton MS in the Heights, and Waltrip High School in Garden Oaks/Oak Forest and graduated in 2010. He started college at the University of Houston in the fall of 2010 majoring in broadcast journalism.
He worked many jobs early in his life, clothes shop that his parents’ flea market, greeter and a child supervisor for a daycare at IKEA, then started college in 2010.
While in college, Manny worked at Costco in meat department and a baker.  Some of his other jobs include grilled cheese food truck, a truck named Coreanos and even cross-trained at the Burger Joint restaurant as kitchen manager.
Fortuitously, an old co-worker was in search of a bartender at Local Foods Restaurant. He had no bartending experience but got the job. The job was a blessing in disguise and it gave him the time to learn something new from scratch with great hours and brilliant staff.  He’s still working there, enjoys building relationships with his guests and catching up with regulars from the Tanglewood area.
Fall 2017, he started his first internship at ESPN Radio 97.5 as podcasting editor, promotions editor and learned to run the board.
A friend of a friend from Paulie’s mentioned an opening at the restaurant. Manny applied and got the job. So far, his experience at Paulie’s has been entirely welcoming and enjoyable. He especially loves cracking jokes with the back-of-the-house and working hard while having a good time with his fellow baristas.
Manny continues his education and currently learning French at school along with his studies in Broadcast Journalism.
In his free time, Manny enjoys playing the guitar, especially for strangers at the park or for his family, friends or S.O.. He hopes to record an album in the future. He also enjoys playing soccer competitively. Manny is also working on a Podcast, Carcast (a Podcast recorded while Manny drives around Houston) and a soccer podcast. He’s in a band with his brother and practices music with other Houston musicians on his rare free time.
In the future, Manny would like to coach soccer, teach guitar and perform more music in cafes, small venues and maybe one day a theater. He’d like that very much.

Paulie’s Counter Culture – Hunter Campbell

Although he’s a born-and-raised Texan, Hunter has only recently returned from an 8 yeah journey through the Pacific Northwest. An avid learner, and self-proclaimed nerd, Hunter is always excited to acquire and hone new skills.


Previously, Hunter has spent several years working as a Mental Health Counselor and Treatment Coordinator for both youth and adults, in inpatient and outpatient settings. He has dabbled in more hands on positions, such as HVA/C, being a track mechanic for a Pro3 racing team (competing in both Canada and the States), and even running his own small business performing metal fabrication, automotive restoration and modifications.
A lover of craft beverages, amazing food, good music, animals, motorsports, hammocks and anything outdoors — Hunter couldn’t be more excited to be a member of the Paulie’s family!

Paulie’s Counter Culture – Rob Garber

Rob has been at Paulie’s for half a year now and is loving every minute of it.


His most recent stint in the food industry, before working here, was on a high-volume food truck which, as he says, prepped him for the volume of customers this restaurant receives. Before working on the food truck, Robert drove for Uber and delivered for various restaurants all while going to school. He decided to start school after making up his mind that working as a home theater technician, low- voltage technician, then as a technician for a big cable provider was left better as a hobby than a career. He is currently attending University of Houston working on a Bachelors in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and does not see himself stopping with only a bachelor’s degree.

When he isn’t busy with work or school he spends his time catching up on the latest tv series, movie, or album (he loves recommendations). He lives in Spring but enjoys his drive to the loop as it gives him time to listen to new music. Although he loves catching up on the latest series, he gets restless at home and likes to visit cool spots downtown with friends (again, he loves recommendations)!

This a busy guy with a lot he put on his plate, regardless, he always has a smile on his face. You can see his smile from the second you walk in the front door welcoming you to our restaurant. He is excited to be a part of the Pauie’s team and absorb all the knowledge this restaurant has to offer such as wine, beer, coffee, and food, with a side of efficiency.

Paulie’s Counter Culture – Gin Kim

Born in Virginia but brought to Texas as a baby, Gin considers herself southern top to bottom. She’s spent the mass of her life in Houston where her family owned their own store and she attended school in Sugarland.  Her family’s shop sold just about everything from fake bedazzled chains to child pageant tiaras.


She claims to be born a Hufflepuff but became a Slytherin to survive in a Korean family. If she isn’t talking about Harry Potter and how desperately she wishes they would come out with a TV Show based on The Marauders, you’ll find her watching any Studio Ghibli film, creating a new voice and character for people she passes on the street, and feeding her friends like a grandma would minus the wrinkles. Her guilty pleasure might be her extreme love of coming of age films, even the bad ones. It’s her guilty pleasure that she doesn’t feel all that guilty about it. She would suggest Daydream Nation, it is wonderfully awful in the best way.

After years of helping with the family business, Gin figured out maybe family and business should be kept apart. She tried her hand at childcare and realized children may be the future but not hers. She was a receptionist and even delivered flowers. She enjoyed delivering flowers because it led her to unknown parts of the city. Also, she had the added pleasure of personally handwriting those lovely “Please forgive me” cards. The icing on the cake also came in the form of delivering said card and flowers to the attendees. “It’s like watching a movie unfold in front of your eyes.”  Flowers were not going to fix most of these.

Gin remembers passing Paulie’s in high school on her weekly ventures to Montrose for thrift shopping. It wasn’t until almost 10 years later she found herself actually stepping foot into the building. After one bite, she was hooked. The building she use to pass all the time became her haven for pasta. Years later while sitting at Paulie’s she vented to her boyfriend that she wished she could work at a place like Paulie’s. The faces were familiar, people were sticking around for a reason and everyone always had a smile behind the counter, which isn’t a common factor in the food industry. It wasn’t even a week later she found a job post online. As luck would have it, it was a position for a Barista at Paulies. Now she is one of those smiling faces with hopes to broaden her wine knowledge and master the way of latte art at Paulie’s!