Brian Dunne

Brian A. Dunne was made for hospitality. He began his career in the business as a dishwasher at 14 years old at the Stained Glass Pub where his brothers bartended. He worked his way up through the kitchen every summer until he eventually got behind the bar. His first mentor, Lenny Halibuck, took the time to go over every detail of service. That 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 degree in Business and Management – Accounting, he got his first big break. His older brothers all had great reputations in the bar business which help Brian to land his first high volume gig in Georgetown, DC. Timing was perfect with the departure of one of the top bartenders in all of DC allowing Brian to slip into the lineup at Champions Sports Bar on Wisconsin Avenue and M Street. Champions, which has been called the Original Sports bar in the 1970’s was also voted top singles bar in the late 80’s by Playboy magazine. Just turning 21, Brian was once again taken under a wing, but this time by the owner Hal Hecht. Hal, who was a bartend at Champions and had recently purchased Champions from DC nightlife legend Michael O’Harro, saw himself in Brian. Very eager to learn, Brian would come in early and spend time with Hal discussing the operations of such a high volume bar and restaurant. Hal went into great detail of not only the processes of say a weekly inventory, but the deeper connections with costs and controls to the success of your business. Once again, Brian found another mentor to guide his growth in the hospitality business. 

 

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Hayes Swope

His first taste of the industry came at age 5 being a “bus boy” at his grandmother’s restaurant in Buckingham, PA. The restaurant allowed him to work in a number of capacities as a youth, learning to appreciate the industry from the outset. His first job at the legal age of 14 was a dishwasher, and continued in the kitchen until the age of 16 when he found his true passion was interacting with people. Moving to busboy, then quickly up to a runner then a server.  Swope enjoyed going to the restaurant and affecting people in a positive way, he made his way over to the bar and began bartending at the young age of 18. A natural enabler, Swope enjoyed hosting the party. Swope continued bartending and became the head bartender and bar manager before ever turning 21.His first taste of the industry came at age 5 being a “bus boy” at his grandmother’s restaurant in Buckingham, PA. The restaurant allowed him to work in a number of capacities as a youth, learning to appreciate the industry from the outset. His first job at the legal age of 14 was a dishwasher, and continued in the kitchen until the age of 16 when he found his true passion was interacting with people. Moving to busboy, then quickly up to a runner then a server.  Swope enjoyed going to the restaurant and affecting people in a positive way, he made his way over to the bar and began bartending at the young age of 18. A natural enabler, Swope enjoyed hosting the party. Swope continued bartending and became the head bartender and bar manager before ever turning 21.

Peter Sharma

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