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 with us. We are also excited to start construction at El Gaucho Seattle next month to add an outdoor dining area. We fully expect that in July, guests will be able to dine al fresco with us.

May also is a special time for my wife Jenny and me – we will be celebrating 18 years of marriage on May 16th. We are switching up our celebration plans this year and are attending a couples retreat. Honestly, we are both a bit nervous and excited to spend three days in discussions led by an incredible group of people. This year’s theme is, “What Really Matters?” We’ve already been discussing what that means to us. Investing my time to be a better parent, spouse, employer, community leader and friend tops the list.

It calls to mind one of our core principles –stewardship. To us, stewardship means the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care, and to leave all that we touch better than we found it. For me, the care of the relationships is what really matters, whether it’s our guests, our teams or our partners.

Until Next Time,
Chad Mackay | President & COO

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