“The Ambiance Just Hit Me…”

Owner Paul Mackay reminisces on his first experience with El Gaucho quite often but there isn’t usually a camera there to capture the story.

This one man’s ambitious journey through the restaurant industry led him to the success he enjoys today. As the current owner of 4 El Gaucho restaurants, the Inn at El Gaucho, and most recently AQUA by El Gaucho, we have Mackay to thank for bringing “elegant, old-school, tableside service” to today’s Northwest culture.

The “dinner-as-theater” magic that Mackay experienced the first time he walked into the original El Gaucho motivated him to make his dream a reality. Watch below as Mackay recalls this moment in his own words.

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