Say Hello to Our Team
Executive Chef, Firefly
Rich Falbo brings over 20 years of restaurant experience to Firefly. He holds a degree in hospitality from Texas Tech University and a culinary arts degree from New England Culinary Institute (NECI). Upon graduating from NECI, Falbo began his culinary career and honed his cooking style working with Hyatt Regency Resorts across the country, the Austin-based restaurant group McGuire Moorman Hospitality, and the Washington, D.C.-based Passion Food Hospitality. In 2017, he had the honor of cooking at the James Beard House in New York City.
Falbo’s penchants for charcuterie and butchery, sustainable seafood, and garden-fresh ingredients serve as his main inspirations for preparing comforting American cuisine at Firefly in Washington, D.C. As executive chef, his locally inspired dishes range from wild boar wings sourced regionally to vegan bowls made with vegetables pulled directly from Firefly’s rooftop garden. With each meal, Falbo’s goal is to ensure all guests leave his dining room feeling nourished, and return with an appetite for fresh, adventurous food.
Lead Bartender, Firefly
Brendan Ambrose has over 20 years of hospitality experience in the Mid-Atlantic region. A native of Montgomery County, Maryland, Ambrose began his bartending career at Flanagan’s in Bethesda, Maryland before moving to the Eastern Shore. During his 12-year seaside bartending tenure, Ambrose was awarded “Best Bartender at the Beach” runner-up by The Shark on the Harbor Restaurant in 2007 and 2008, and was named one of Washington, D.C.’s “Top 100 Bartenders” by On Tap Magazine in 2011.
Ambrose joined the Firefly team in 2016, and currently serves as both the lead bartender and lead gardener. Leaning into Firefly’s commitment to seasonal, sustainable ingredients, he transforms 80 percent of the rooftop’s harvest into house-made syrups, cordials, bitters, and garnishes for the cocktail menu. Ambrose and his bar team create an atmosphere of hospitality and comfort to accompany the cocktails that he is proudly growing from rooftop to glass.