Jonathan Pacheco knows a thing or two about food. As the director of operations for international hospitality giant Hakkasan Group, he oversees a number of Las Vegas-based restaurant brands, including favorites like Fix and Stack to the globally recognized Hakkasan and Herringbone.
Before joining Hakkasan Group, Pacheco worked with Wolfgang Puck for more than a decade, acquiring the skills he uses today. His days tend to start the same way. “I wake up with a positive attitude, play with my daughter as much as I can and [get to] work by 8 o’clock.” What comes next could be anything from reviewing operations to planning for events months in advance.
“It all depends on what’s actually going on in the city. Here at Herringbone, we have constant activations,” he says, which require “collectively coming up with a game plan”—along with driving innovation, offering impeccable service and going above and beyond for every guest.
He’s about to have an even bigger venture on his hands. “Herringbone is expanding,” Pacheco says. “We’re fortunate to be expanding to Hawaii and Cabo in 2017, and we’re really excited to see what the new look is going to be.”
Here in Las Vegas, you can’t find an experience quite like Herringbone’s exquisite brunch-ready patio. “We have such a neat restaurant venue. It’s the only venue within Aria that has this beautiful patio,” he says. “When the weather is just right, you completely forget where you’re at.”