What's 'Hobson's Choice?'
Our Mission is to create a warm, inviting, Victorian-styled drinking
environment staffed by experts able to tend to our customers' libation
needs while challenging them to experiment with the unknown. What
is a Hobson's Choice!?
Greg "Decision Maker" Medow is a graduate of Cornell
University's School of Hotel Management. He has over fifteen
years in the restaurant & bar industry, honing many of his skills
in the early 90's working in Manhattan for Drew Nieporent's critically
acclaimed Myriad Restaurant Group. Never one to sit still for
long (unless the Yankees are playing), Greg is also managing
partner and "wine boy" of Indigo Restaurant, Owner of Jade Bar
with its 20 foot waterfall, and is consulting partner on Asqew
Grill. With another half-dozen new ideas waiting in the wings,
Greg is constantly pushing the limits of the human mind. It's
kind of hard to define exactly what Greg does at Hobson's Choice,
but whatever it is, he does it amazingly well!
"Publican" Moran is a veteran of the restaurant and bar industry,
having worked in, frequented, and even been forcibly removed from
a wide range of establishments. Mike spent his undergrad years
at Cornell University playing live music, and somehow managing
a degree in Neurobiology. Dr. Mike is not just a musician and
bartender but also a veterinarian, a graduate of the School of
Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis. When he is not snowboarding in
Tahoe, playing bass or guitar, or taking care of your pets at
Presidio Way Veterinary Hospital, Mike can be found at Hobson's
alternately lending his talents behind the bar and putting fellow
bartenders to the test when he's in front of it.
"Social Butterfly" Mulligan After graduating
from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Business Economics, she
spent a few years as an auditor with Ernst & Young - just long
enough to realize that she hated performing audits. After a year
in the Academy of Art's graduate program she was hired to design
and produce in-store visuals for all the then brand-new Old Navy
stores. In a devastating blow to the art world, Diane returned
to the world of high-finance, but still claims to be somewhat
artistic, if no-longer a starving artist. For her relatively limited
experience in the restaurant & bar industry, she has an almost
unhealthy attraction to it. She takes care of Hobson's financial
matters, graphic design and decor. Now if she only knew how to
make more than five drinks....
"Bar Guy" Gogolak is in our memory each and every day. His life was tragically lost in an Avalanche accident in Montana in January 2008. His spirit is with us, and so are his accomplishments: He received his Bachelor of Science
from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration in
1997 and has been in the restaurant business most of his life.
David has worked at a variety of different restaurants, starting
his career at an early age as a busboy. During his years at
Cornell, David cooked at several different restaurants and became
General Manager of a high volume local bar. His passion for
the business has resulted in management positions at The Hard
Rock Café, The Myriad Restaurant Group's Tribeca Grill, and
The Kimpton Group's flagship restaurant, Kuleto's. Additionally
David spent a year as the Manager at Saddlebrooke Resort, a
four-star seven hundred-room resort in Tampa, Florida. David
attended culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France,
and in 1998, David became a partner in Haight Street's Hobson's
Choice - Victorian Punch House. Nine years ago David Co-founded
Asqew Grill, a 9 unit, San Francisco based restaurant chain.
He still prides himself on one of his greatest accomplishments
to date: 40 oz. of beer..........12.2 seconds.
"Ferny" Dickerson is our General Manager. A Native San Franciscan,
Chris has made a few tours of duty in the customer service field.
Chris attended Long Beach State and he's an die-hard SF 49er fan,
making him a 49er two times over. As a sports factualist and an
avid golfer, Chris prefers to relax after his hole in ones with
a shot of Fernet. When not making mojitos or zombies at Hobson's
you can find Chris partaking in a shot of Fernet and a mug o'
beer at Hobson's, adding to the laid back atmosphere he actively
cultivates. Otherwise, you can find him at Hobson's or at his
favorite watering hole, Hobson's Choice. Did we mention he likes
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