General Manager / Wine Director
At Mustards Grill since 2006, Patrick Kellaher jumped at the opportunity to return to the Bay Area to work with Cindy Pawlcyn. It was an offer he and his family could not refuse.
“An opportunity to be associated with one of the true visionaries in our field only comes around once in a life time, and I was not about to let it pass me by,” says Kellaher.
Kellaher brings 20 years of diverse experience in the restaurant business. His impressive resume includes the opening and managing of many successful restaurants on both coasts.
A graduate of George Mason University, Kellaher sharpened his management teeth at J.Pauls in Washington D.C.’s Georgetown neighborhood, working under the leadership of restaurateur Paul Cohen. With Kellaher’s managerial talent immediately evident, Cohen asked him to open the Georgetown Seafood Grill and then made him a partner at Old Glory BBQ.
Kellaher and his brother Michael, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, moved to the Napa Valley to start “Eat! Catering,” based at the Miner Family Winery. An instructive but short-lived project, Kellaher took advantage of the opportunity to try his hand in San Francisco’s competitive restaurant environment, working for three years as the manager of Betelnut, a Cow Hollow restaurant specializing in authentically pan-Asian cuisine.
Missing the Napa Valley, Kellaher returned to work at St. Helena’s celebrated Tra Vigne Italian restaurant. Followed by the rollercoaster ride of the Dot Com era in San Francisco, Kellaher partnered with Chef Barney Brown. Their Basque Tapas Restaurant in San Francisco, opened to rave reviews, but would become a casualty of the Dot Com fallout.
Kellaher then embraced the challenge of resuscitating the ailing Kelly’s Mission Rock restaurant in China Basin. A perfect opportunity to hone his entreprenuerial skills, after 3 years at its helm, the business was in the black.
In July of 2003, Kellaher and his wife Kim had their first son and moved to New England to be near Kim’s family. In 2006, the family, which now included their two sons Addison and Brady, did not hesitate to return to the Napa Valley. Kellaher eagerly dove into the job, lending his lengthy experience and expertise in the restaurant business furthering Mustards’ already thriving and unique environment.