The Bardstown Bourbon Company (BBCo), the largest new bourbon distillery in America, announced today the hiring of Pedro Gonzalez, the former Executive Director of Restaurant Operations for the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
Mr. Gonzalez will lead the development and operations of BBCo’s restaurant, whiskey and vintage spirits bar, and hospitality experience.
“We are thrilled to have Pedro Gonzalez join the Bardstown Bourbon Company’s team. Pedro Gonzalez understands the art of hospitality, and he will play a critical role in the development of our world-class food and beverage program.”
– David Mandell, President & CEO of The Bardstown Bourbon Company
Mr. Gonzalez comes to BBCo with more than 30 years of restaurant development and operations experience. At the Greenbrier Resort, Mr. Gonzalez served as Executive Director of Restaurants, Director of Food & Beverage, and Director of Fine Dining, and was responsible for all operations in more than 16 food and beverage outlets. Prior to the Greenbrier, Mr. Gonzalez opened and managed restaurants for Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Maggiano’s of Little Italy, and The Cheesecake Factory.
“I am honored to be a part of this unique company. The opportunity to build a one-of-a-kind hospitality experience in ‘The Bourbon Capital of the World’ in Bardstown, Kentucky, is an exciting challenge, and one that I am thrilled to take on.”
– Pedro Gonzalez
Mr. Gonzalez will be responsible for bringing to life the Company’s vision for a Napa Valley-style bourbon and food experience in the center of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. BBCo is planning to open a full-scale restaurant that incorporates food grown on its 100 acres of active farmland, local flavors, and bourbon culture. Unlike other distilleries, BBCo will also celebrate, showcase, and sell by the drink an extensive whiskey collection, including a vintage spirits library. With the recent changes in Kentucky law, BBCo will operate a full-bar that will be open to the public as well as available for corporate events and parties.
“We will not simply provide tours or meals, we will create one-of-a-kind experiences,” said Pedro Gonzalez. “Our goal is to create memories that last forever and can be shared with friends and loved ones.”
In addition, within the visitors’ center, the company will offer a transparent educational experience that brings the customer as close to the bourbon making process as possible and incorporates elements from its culinary program.
The Company anticipates announcing an opening date for its visitors’ center in the near future.
The Bardstown Bourbon Company is a celebration of the art of making whiskey. No secrets, mythical stories, or fabricated legends, the Bardstown Bourbon Company celebrates the craft of making great whiskey and the Bardstown community that brings bourbon to the world. Due to the success of the BBCo Collaborative Distilling Program and massive demand for custom, authentic, Kentucky whiskey products, the company recently expanded the distillery to its current three million proof gallon capacity. The footprint can ultimately be expanded to more than six million proof gallons within the current design, by adding additional equipment. BBCo is also in the process of developing its own unique line of bourbon, whiskey and rye. The company anticipates having brands ready for the market starting this year.