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  • Cara Sandahl, El Gaucho Solo Pianist

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    In-demand solo piano artist, Cara Sandahl is a 4th generation Seattle native. She began playing at the age of 4. Along the way, Cara memorized thousands of classics and popular song titles and was given the Arion Award– the oldest and most prestigous national award for outstanding musical achievement by promising new performers, as well […]

  • Meet the GM: Jacob Lawrence, El Gaucho Seattle

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    Jacob Lawrence believes that “whatever the mind believes it can achieve” and it is this positive attitude that makes him the right person to lead the El Gaucho Seattle team as they embark on the move to their new home in summer 2020. After growing up in Tacoma, Jacob graduated from Central Washington University with […]

  • Service Charge 101: How this model works for us

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    The hospitality industry is evolving in Washington and Oregon, as it is across the country. With recent legislation at the federal, state and city level affecting minimum wage, tip-pooling practices, sick leave and predictive scheduling, it is hard to keep up with all the new rules and terms. When the Seattle City Council voted for […]

  • A Word from Chad ~ May 2017

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    Our family just returned from a trip of a lifetime to Argentina where we connected to El Gaucho’s roots. We explored a region of the world we had never been to, and learned about El Gaucho’s heritage, which dates back to 1953, when the original El Gaucho opened in Seattle. Our first stop was Buenos […]

  • A Word from Chad ~ April 2017

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    At nine years old, my youngest son dreams of becoming an engineer. He loves to design and build everything from Legos, Lego Robotics, metal 3D models, and anything else he can get his hands on. I asked a friend who just happens to be a rocket scientist if he could help with Owen’s interest. He […]

  • A Word from Chad ~ March 2017

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    "I’m never going to work in a restaurant again!" I remember telling my dad that over 25 years ago after our family restaurant in Issaquah was flooded for a second time in three years from the Issaquah Creek. I had no intention of following in my father’s footsteps, so I went to college and graduated […]

  • A Word from Chad ~ February 2017

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    2017 is going to be a year of new opportunities for our guests and our company to #CelebrateMore. As I mentioned last month, we are working on several new projects that will bring the El Gaucho experience to some new places and include some new faces. I am excited to share the news that we […]

  • A Word from Chad ~ January 2017

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    Happy New Year! This last year has flown by, full of great events and milestones for our company, including celebrating 20 years of El Gaucho. With your help, we were able to raise $130k for USO-Northwest to build Camp Lewis Hospitality Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, which is slated to open in February. The new […]