Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of business profiles that will highlight employees at local Bethesda establishments.
From bustling tables to loud chatter, attracts customers to more than just their food and drink; customers receive an entertainment outlet in a hip and relaxed atmosphere that appeals to the 20-something and 30-something crowd.
That's what attracted general manager Gary Ouellette to Union Jack’s, where he has been working for almost six years.
Ouellette, 45, attended Clarkson University in upstate New York. The bars that Ouellette frequented when he was in school were laid back and offered customers great entertainment, he said.
“I wanted to work at a place that is a lot like the bars and restaurants that I went to when I was just out of college,” Ouellette said.
Union Jack’s offers six billiards tables, 23 flat screen TVs, and a posh vibe. The bar also draws in crowds with events like karaoke night and trivia night.
Karaoke night, on Monday evenings, gives customers an opportunity to come and sing their favorite tunes while enjoying a drink. Trivia night on Tuesdays is also a long-time favorite.
As the general manager, Ouellette helps out with promotions and works with customers to set up their parties and events.
Ouellette said he enjoys the marketing side of his job and “meeting the different people who come in.”