I‘m always striving to deliver the complete package in all of our restaurants we open to provide the neighborhood with something of substance. A great space should become part of the fabric of its environment, providing a great experience and value to all. That’s why i tend to gravitate toward bistrots, trattorias, brasseries and avoided anything too overly precious. I also wanted to make sure we created a work environment conducive to happiness and growth.
One of Boston’s well known and respected restaurateurs, Jeff Gates has spent more than thirty years in Boston restaurants, literally rising through the ranks from dishwasher to restaurant owner and partner in the Aquitaine Group—Aquitaine Bar a Vin Bistrot, Gaslight Brasserie du Coin, Metropolis Café, Union Bar and Grille and Cinquecento Trattoris in the South End as well as Aquitaine Chestnut Hill and Aquitaine Dedham.
Prior to the Aquitaine Group, Gates was intimately involved in the success and growth of the Davio’s restaurant chain. Also in 1997, Gates opened Mistral as General Manager. During his four years at Mistral, Gates consulted for The Federalist restaurant on Boston’s historic Beacon Hill.
Chris was born New York City and raised all over Latin America (Argentina, Panama, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Brazil) infusing their cultures into his palate. In 1984 he began his culinary career as a dishwasher and never looked back; graduating from French Culinary Institute in New York. His history includes work as Chef de Cuisine for Matthew Kenney Group in New York for over 6 years at numerous properties including Bar Anise, Matthew’s, Mezze, Canteen, Commune Atlanta, Commune NYC, Commissary Portland, Commissary NYC, Sugar Bakery and Nickerson Tavern.
In 2002 he began his work with The Aquitaine Group as Chef de Cuisine for Armani Café, Metropolis Café, Aquitaine, Aquitaine Bis & Union Bar & Grille. He added Culinary Director and Managing Partner to his name with the opening of Gaslight in 2007, and since with Aquitaine Dedham 2009 & Cinquecento 2012.
Iwas born in Texas and moved up to Boston in 1996 to see the world…. There was a furniture store, a newspaper column & a string of dance clubs that help fill the years. I joined the group in 2007 to open up Gaslight and after an amazing whirlwind of managing, designing and shooting i have found myself in one of the most rewarding positions i’ve ever held. Bringing my style and concept of transparency to the restaurants remains my daily drive. I’ve always felt that a good product doesn’t need someone to sell it, it merely requires a good explanation and it will sell itself. (at night time i take off my glasses and become a super hero who saves the world with his photography)