Originally from New York's Adirondack Park, Paul started off his career off in a small, family run Sicilian restaurant. Working as a bus-boy to start, he was quickly promoted to server and gained essential food and service knowledge that would later prove indispensable.
After relocating to D.C. and graduating from Howard University with a degree in Psychology, Paul found a passion for wine and studied vigorously, later receiving certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers. Upon returning to upstate NY, he landed a position working with the 10-time+ Wine Spectator Grand Award winning wine list at the Friends Lake Inn. It was there that he gained a substantial amount of wine knowledge and, after being promoted to Sommelier, chose to relocate to Washington, D.C.. There he was picked up by Kafe Leopold, an Austrian restaurant in the heart of Georgetown, for his first management position.
Spending roughly a year at Kafe Leopold, he was imbued with knowledge of a high volume, casual concept operation. From there, he moved to Walker’s Grille, an American steakhouse in Alexandria, VA, and was quickly recruited by the Fabio Trabocchi Restaurants group to manage Casa Luca in DC’s financial district. During his tenure, the Le Marche cuisine-inspired osteria snagged the #9 spot on the Washintonian’s top 100 list.
Just over a year later, Paul met Kittigron Lirtpanaruk, who accepted his proposal to serve as Director of Operations for a group of Thai restaurants in NYC: Spice/SEA Thai. After implementing changes to the food menu, steps of service, cocktail and wine program in this group of 10 locations, Paul partnered with Mr. Lirtpanaruk to revive a staple of Thai dining in Albany Park.