Glen Gary Drive
Mendham, New Jersey 07945-3030
Hospitality Advisory Services (HAS) is a boutique
consulting shop specializing in restaurants, nightclubs,
and hotel food and beverage operations. HAS provides
everything from concept development, project design,
assemblage of designers, contractors and architects,
projections and daily operational studies, to hiring
key management for the company. Bob Gallo, President
of HAS, discusses some of the projects that are currently
Featured Employer Interview with Bob Gallo,
President of Hospitality Advisory Services
Heather Ferguson: Who are your
clients and how do you decide which projects to take
Bob Gallo: My clientele ranges from
people with money who want to break into the restaurant
business, to chefs that enlist my help to open their
own restaurants, to successful concepts that are ready
to expand. Before I take on any project I make sure
the restaurateurs have a thorough understanding of
the risk involved in opening a restaurant, that they
are doing it for the right reasons, and that they
are committed to taking all necessary measures to
be as successful as possible.
HF: What companies
do you currently provide consulting services for?
BG: Opening this fall in New Jersey
is the Pluckemin Inn, a fine dining restaurant with
an extensive wine cellar and Ocino, an Italian family
dining concept. We are also consulting Cuba Libre
for the opening of their second location in Atlantic
City, Brulee, a dessert bar also in Atlantic City,
and 32 Degrees, a European bottle service lounge in
Philadelphia (and soon to be in Atlantic City).
HF: What are some of your recruiting
BG: Finding the right chemistry between
staff and a restaurant’s personality, concept
and owners. Matching up people with the right concept
is important for a restaurant’s success.
HF: What types of positions
do you frequently recruit for on StarChefs?
BG: Back of the House positions including
Executive, Sous, and Pastry Chefs as well as all levels
HF: What is your favorite feature
of StarChefs JobFinder?
BG: My favorite aspect of advertising
jobs on StarChefs JobFinder is the quality and number
of applicants that respond.
HF: Why would someone want to
apply for jobs posted by your company?
BG: We represent exciting concepts
of new emerging brands and world-class projects. My
clients are highly committed and serious about operating
HF: What does the future look
like for this company?
BG: My company’s future is
based on the success of my clients. Right now we are
looking to expand the business because of our high
rate of success, and we are developing and expanding
a lot of dynamic projects.