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Garen Austin

Proprietor at Mona's Restaurant

Denver, CO

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• Extensive accomplishments in Hospitality and Food/Beverage industries 
• Developed training manuals and Employee handbooks 
• Planned banquets, catering, special events and wine dinners 
• Adept in Quick Casual, Fine Dining, Ethnic, Comfort, Resort and other concepts 
 
• Planned, constructed and operated four restaurants 
• Hired, Trained, Motivated and evaluated staff 
• Detail oriented, meticulous, dedicated, results driven 
• Hyatt Regency Beverage Manager, Bennigan's Manager, Lake Tahoe

Work Experience

Proprietor

Mona's Restaurant
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Denver, CO
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2004 to Present

• Opened and grew business to three high volume Denver locations 
• "Best Corned Beef Hash" Award - 5280 Magazine

Proprietor

Emma's Restaurant
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Denver, CO
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2000 to 2006

• One of America's Top Restaurants, Zagat Guides 
• "Most Romantic, " "Best Dessert, " "Best Mashed Potatoes" Awards - Westword

General Manager

Armadillo Restaurant
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Denver, CO
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1995 to 2000

• Corporate Training Manager, Corporate unit turnaround specialist 
• Developed employee handbook and staff retention initiative

Operations Manager

Sfuzzi Restaurant
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Denver, CO
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1993 to 1995

• Developed staff training, repeat guest recognition program 
• Increased bar sales 20% in one year. TGIF Sorority marketing

Manager

Brown Palace Hotel
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Denver, CO
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1991 to 1993

• Managed two restaurants on property: Ship Tavern and Ellyngton's 
• Enhance staff attrition by adopting team activities

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Finance/Real Estate

University of Denver -
Denver, CO

1985