5 Questions With Fifth Avenue Grill General Manager Val Chobanu

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  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.

I am originally from Estonia. I have been in Florida for seven years. I have served as a restaurant general manager in Delray Beach, Miami and Palm Beach. I started with Fifth Avenue Grill at the beginning of this year. I was hooked after my first interview, and fell in love with the company after orientation when I learned about the strong company culture, vision and philosophies. The greatest lesson I have learned in my professional career has been to treat others as you would want to be treated and to confide in your team. I also believe that the greatest successes have come from learning and growing with my team.

  1. Fifth Avenue Grill is turning 30! What do you think is the key to the restaurant’s longevity?

The most important thing in a restaurant is the customer, we call them guests.We are lucky to have a strong and solid group of followers. Our loyal regulars come here every week. They all know each other for many years. Our key to keep them for 30 years already is consistency, it means always keep specials, plus regular items on the menu and Happy Hour. Consistency also applies to excellent training staff and protocol. Cleanliness – a big part, everybody likes to see clean front of the house and kitchen. We pay special attention to it and spend many hours for daily cleaning. Another key is a fair Price and Quality – we don’t skimp on quality to cut our costs. We rely on our above-and-beyond service and food quality to draw in new customers and keep loyal patrons coming back.

  1. We heard you recently hired a new chef. Tell us about your new chef and any new menu items.

For some, running a restaurant is a business. For us, it is our calling. Our passion for food and fine dining comes first, business second. We are a chef-driven restaurant. For you, that means fine dining at its best. Our new Executive Chef Jose Gracia joined our team at the beginning of the year also. His experience is very extensive from very well-known restaurant brands to the celebrities and president of America.

  1. What are the must-have items that you would recommend to a first-time patron?

If you never been in our restaurant and bar try our new cocktail list. It’s delicious and memorable such as Key Lime Martini or Godiva Chocolate Martini. Aged Prime Ribeye and Baby Back Ribs are some of the best sellers. Seafood lovers will certainly fall for Lobster & Shrimp in garlic cream sauce over Linguine. If you love dessert then must try our Tiramisu or Bread pudding.

  1. We heard there are some new changes in the pipeline for the restaurant. What can you dish?

This year is full of new changes. The biggest event ever is coming on May 16. We are going to celebrate our 30th Anniversary! This will be our biggest event of the year. Everyone is welcome, you will get a complimentary drink and appetizers, we offer Special menu, live music, presents and more. We would like to invite you to join us in celebrating our 30th Anniversary and an unforgettable culinary experience.