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Billy Giordano . 2 minute read

Voyage KC Interview with Blaise Pastoret – LHM Hospitality & StaffedUp

Read original interview here, courtesy of Voyage KC

Today, we’d like to introduce you to Blaise Pastoret. Blaise was introduced to us by the brilliant and talented Billy Giordano.

Blaise, thank you so much for joining us today. We’d love for you to bring our readers up to speed – can you introduce yourself and share your story?
I have been in restaurants and bars for over 25 years. I have held many positions, from Executive Chef to General Manager. I oversee multiple different outlets from quick-service fast food to upscale esoteric dining.

Since partnering with Billy, we have made significant strides in hiring and the process of how we do it, thanks to Staffed Up.

Please tell us more about your brand, LHM Hospitality Group
LHM as a company has a lot of moving pieces. LHM is opening up a sister rooftop lounge in the county. The first Three-Sixty Lounge has been a success going on twelve years. These are St Louis staples. Inside Westport Plaza LHM has gaming bar and has done amazing since day one. It’s high volume structure works well in the 14,000 sq ft space. This large and very successful accomplishment, LHM opened in 2017. It has since come back to its normal peak business since the pandemic and welcoming more guests each day. Cheshire Restaurants – I was part of the management team in 2013 and was a part of every venue. This forest park set location is truly unique and an epic experience from basso italiano to Boundary Event space and Cigar Club. This property holds something special in my heart as it is a historical building and has been so consistent in business and hospitality.

So, as we mentioned to our audience earlier, you were introduced to us by Billy Giordano and StaffedUp and we really admire them and what they’ve built. For folks who might not be as familiar, can you tell them a bit about your experience with StaffedUp.
Billy is very important to me as the owner – what I mean by that is, I would not have gone down the road of entertaining the staffed up app if Billy wasn’t at the helm. He is professional, truly genuine in his brand and cares about it in a big way. He is on top of any issues or needs that arise very quickly.

His confidence and help to make anything work for us truly made me a believer of Staffed Up. After using Staffed Up in all 11 locations I oversee, it absolutely sold itself. We pick up over 70% of our FOH staff from Staffed Up. A couple of years ago we added on the onboarding feature that is amazing and takes out a lot of leg work that operations previously had to do.

Staffed up is a tool I would not want to work without. It brings something much different that indeed or ziprecruiter.

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