LOGAN MCGEAR

Executive Chef

Chef Logan McGear has a far more diverse culinary background than his Arkansas roots might have you believe. Although it was a connection to his home state, and experience with BBQ, that ultimately brought him to Smoke & Barrel in DC in 2011, he’s always drawn from a global arsenal. His early career in Hot Springs began in 2003 as apprentice for Chris Rix at French-Asian fusion bistro The Exchange and in 2005 for Mirabelli Restaurant Group at Pompeii Cafe & Wine Bar.

As someone with a thoughtful understanding of cooking technique, lusting after further cultural growth his ambition led him to the tutelage of Chef Rosario Patti in 2007, the namesake of our Rosario. Rosario and his partner Santo had restaurants previously in Manhattan and San Francisco before relocating to a slower paced Arkansas. McGear has always loved Italian food so it was only natural for him to seek a position under a hero of the category in Little Rock. It was there that he sharpened his focus upon a regional fare, and began to understand the intricacies of Italian, when one looks beyond the Americanized iteration.

STEVE LAYCOCK

BARTENDER / DRINK MENU CONSULTANT

Mr. Laycock will oversee the Rosario Italian based cocktail and wine program that will delight and inspire.

Steve recently moved to DC from New York, where he worked at Seamstress, The Gilroy and Illegal Mezcal.

VICTORIA GRANT

GENERAL MANAGER

Victoria first started her career in the hospitality industry over 10 years ago. She learned early on how to use her creativity and tenacity to work her way to where she is today.  Growing up in a military household was one of the most rewarding and challenging things she’s experienced. It not only taught her about discipline but to also act with integrity. Moving around a lot had its advantages as well. She got to experience food, culture and traditions from different cities around the world. With a combination of these factors, Victoria has taken what she has learned and experienced and has applied that toward providing first class service and training.

Victoria plans to bring progressive and people focused training to DC. She is not only invested in ROSARIOs success but the success of her employees and the world around her.