Peter de Castro, Jr. most recently served as operating partner of Keefer’s, a successful steakhouse that received several “Best New Restaurants of 2002” awards from major publications including Esquire Magazine and Chicago Magazine. He partnered with Glenn and Rich Keefer and Jimmy de Castro to build this into a thriving, “A” list steakhouse that has achieved ongoing success and recognition in one of the most competitive restaurant markets in the United States.
Prior to his relationship with Keefer’s, Peter launched Bainbridges Restaurant, a casual fine dining establishment in Chelmsford, MA., to capitalize on the development boom in this northeast region. Peter and his wife, June, wrote the business plan and designed the basic Bainbridges brand concept for Stoney Brook Ventures, Inc., where Peter served as Director of Operations. He handled all aspects from design and development, menu engineering, concept evolution and finance. Bainbridges sustained several years of success and increased investor returns while being voted #1 restaurant concept by the Community Newspaper Group.
A true journeyman in the restaurant business, Peter served very successful national chain brands following his studies at the University of Kentucky, where he majored in business administration and marketing. At T.G.I. Fridays he served as corporate trainer and would later incorporate management direction for new restaurant openings including the new Virginia Beach franchise. At Bennigan’s Restaurant Corporation, he received his first General Manager assignment for the Bloomfield Hills, MI restaurant at the young age of 25.
For most of his life Peter has had a continuous connection to the restaurant industry rooted in front line service delivery. His passionate, hands-on approach to operating restaurants have won a large and committed following through creative, award winning food and service excellence. He will now parlay his passion and experience into enduring success at Tavern at the Park.