Vice President of Operations, Co-Owner, and Wine Director
Rafe Gabel started his restaurant career as a dishwasher working at a local Steak House in Cleveland, Ohio that was managed by his mother. He immediately fell in love with the industry and the business of food and beverage. He moved to San Francisco at 19 to go to school and continue to grow his experience in the restaurant world. Over the course of his career, Rafe worked his way from dishwasher to Vice President of Operations, studying all positions from front-of-house to back-of-house along the way. He has worked in nightclubs, casinos, resorts and Michelin star locations, in cities such as Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, San Francisco, Oakland, Memphis, Toronto and Victoria (BC), in stand-alone restaurants and in hotels such as Intercontinental, Fairmont, Waldorf Astoria, Conrad and Delta, domestically as well as internationally.
Rafe is a results oriented business professional with proven abilities in strategic planning, project management, improving efficiency of operations, and team building. He seamlessly integrates detailed project information to determine effective processes for operations. Rafe believes that success in the hospitality industry begins with enthusiastic and driven team members who understand how to treat guests properly. Guests deserve a stellar dining experience that can only be delivered by staff with proper training who are mentored and trained on brand standards, leadership, profitability, guest relations and the total dining experience.
Rafe’s passion for excellence in hospitality and food is evidenced by his Sommelier certifications, including Italian Wine Specialist and California Appellation Wine Specialist credentials.
Rafe lives in San Francisco with his family and enjoys dining, running and glamping with his son.