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Brando Lapuh

General Manager, Maie Day

FOOD PATRONUS | | Mozzarella Sticks

BACKGROUND CHECK | I grew up in potato land (Aka Boise, Idaho). And yes, I do love potatoes.

I initially took the hospitality and healthcare route at the same time but ended up committing to hospitality. The medical field is in my blood, as most of my family works in that field. I didn’t want to be like everyone else, though.

Bartending always looked like fun to me, and before long I got to see the real work that goes into making great cocktails. I worked at a locally owned spot in Boise, focused on creative cocktails & a big beer atmosphere, and I worked in basically every position at that restaurant. Cocktails definitely caught my attention, though—I loved the creativity that goes into them, getting to craft something that can be beautiful and taste amazing.

Server, bartender, supervisor, service manager, bar manager, AGM, and now GM: I've worn a lot of hats here, at Central Standard, and now Maie Day. I was excited to be part of the new collaboration with MaieB Hospitality and New Waterloo, and to be part of the team figuring out how everything was going to work. So far, so good!

Hospitality Philosophy | We’ve all had bad managers, and I aim to be a better manager than people have had in the past. I make my staff my number one priority and I check in to make sure everyone is doing okay.

Superpowers | Resting Brando face—you know it when you see it.