Brian Dunne

Brian Anthony Dunne

PRESIDENT & FOUNDER

Brian A. Dunne was made for hospitality. He began his career in the business
as a dishwasher at 14 years old and worked his way up through the kitchen every
summer until he eventually got behind the bar. A foundation in strong service down
to the minor details was the stepping stone to his future in hospitality. While
attending University of Maryland, where he eventually received a bachelor's in
business and Management – Accounting, he got his first big break when he landed a
high volume gig in Georgetown, D.C. at Champions Sports Bar on Wisconsin Avenue
and M Street. Champions was called the Original Sports bar in the 1970's and was
voted top singles bar in America for years in the late 80's.

After graduation, Brian headed to NYC. James F. Dunne, Brian's father, was
born and raised in an all Irish neighborhood in Inwood, Manhattan. Brian remembers
driving across the GW Bridge as a child from DC going to visit his Grandparents.
His dad would tell him stories of how his Grandfather, after first arriving from
Ireland, worked stocking kegs at a small, neighborhood pub in barter for pints of
beer. Maybe that is the reason Brian was so comfortable in this business. After 5
years of bartending at some of the busiest bars in NYC, Brian eventually became the
bar manager for Richard Sandoval's first Mexican restaurant, Maya on the Upper East
Side. From there Brian ventured out with Richard's brothers to open Mercadito in
2004. Within a few years he opened 3 Mercadito's in NYC and another in Chicago.

Always looking to evolve, Brian's reputation in the hospitality business led him
to meet Eddie Dean, the owner of Pacha NYC. What started as consultant work
become a partnership and a 10 year run at the hottest club in NYC. With his family
growing, he picked up and moved to Allen, Texas. Eventually, Brian came across the
7,000 square foot location that would become Mexican Bar Company. The name
reflects the energy and social make up of Brian and happens to also contain the largest
bar in Plano, Texas. Not far from his roots, Mexican Bar Company, where the walls
have a pulse, is a welcoming place for those who love having fun along with incredible
cuisine and crafted cocktails.

Ivan Pic

Ivan Sanchez

General Manager

What started as a job in the hospitality industry quickly turned into a passion for Ivan, the current general manager at Mexican Bar Company. 

With over two decades of experience in the restaurant industry, Ivan has extensive experience working in both the front and back of the house as well as opening and operating restaurant concepts that continue to thrive to this day. For those interested in pursuing a career in this industry, Ivan shares, "This industry is a lifestyle. It takes a special breed to thrive in this fast-paced environment."

Beyond day-to-day restaurant operations, Ivan shares his talent for creating distinguishable cocktails and sharing his vast knowledge of Tequilas and Mezcals with others. Ivan holds Tequila certificates from the Consulado Regulatorio de Tequila (CRT) and has in depth knowledge of other Mexican Spirits.