Category Archives: A Word from Chad

  • No Free Lunch – Cost of Seattle’s Scheduling Proposal is Too High

    Since El Gaucho hired our first employee 20 years ago, our goal has always been to take great care of people: our guests, our staff and our communities.  Today, our company has grown to include five restaurants and an Inn with an incredible team of 400 employees dedicated to the hospitality industry.  We know that […]

  • A Word from Chad ~ July 2016

    Summer is officially here and we have some great things happening: in addition to our 20th anniversary celebrations, we launch our Iconic menu experience this month, and our new summer menu includes dishes highlighting local, organic produce. We are also building a patio for El Gaucho Seattle, the deck is in full swing at AQUA, […]

  • A Word from Chad ~ June 2016

    Oh how time flies! Twenty years ago construction began on a restaurant in Belltown, on the site of the former Sailors of the Pacific Union hall. El Gaucho founder and my dad, Paul Mackay’s vision to bring back El Gaucho was finally being reborn. In those days, Belltown wasn’t the upscale condo-living neighborhood that it […]

  • A Word from Chad ~ May 2016

    Happy May! With the unbelievable jump to early spring, sunny days and 80 degree weather we’ve been enjoying in the Pacific Northwest, our teams got an early start to dusting off the patio furniture. Both Bellevue and AQUA will have limited outdoor seating starting today so you can take advantage of the sunshine while dining […]

  • A Word from Chad ~ April 2016

    Spring is here and with it, the bounty of produce and seafood. Some of our team just returned from the International Seafood Show in Boston, which happens to be the 2nd largest seafood show in the world. Every part of the globe is represented. It was an incredible trip and a great city to visit. […]

  • A Word from Chad ~ March 2016

    March is one of my favorite months – not only is it when both my boys and I celebrate our birthdays, but it also means spring is here with its promise of renewal and longer, sunny days!  To top it off, it’s also Washington Wine month. Be sure to join us to kick off Taste […]

  • A Word From Chad ~ February 2016

    The next couple of months are packed full of great celebrations and events. With Valentine’s Day falling on Sunday this year, that gives us all extra time to dazzle a special someone. We still have reservations available for the weekend, but don’t wait too long. If you’re looking for something a little extra, join us […]

  • A Word from Chad ~ January 2016

    May the Force be With You! My wife, Jenny, and I had a great time the other day taking my two boys to see Star Wars. I was way behind the eight ball and didn’t get my tickets early to see it at the IMAX or Cinerama, so we ventured out to a new theater […]

  • A Word From Chad ~ December 2015

    Giving. Generosity. Compassion: All words that have been woven into the fabric of our team since we started 19 years ago. “Building Strong Community” is a company value we take seriously, and we are privileged to give our time, resources, and energy to help develop and enhance the communities in which we live and work. […]

  • A Word from Chad ~ November 2015

    One night last week we had what I call an epic fail at our house. My boys have been looking forward to this for some time, had completed all of their homework, cleaned their room, and I made a special trip to pick “it” up. No, I’m not talking about a puppy (that’s a topic […]