As a Big Whiskey’s franchise partner you can proudly own a dining destination that features multiple ways to welcome your guests — and multiple ways to build your bottom line. Best of all, you can do it with confidence, backed by a founding team that is committed to the support of its’ franchisees.
We celebrate sports but we’re not just a sports bar. We celebrate our excellent bar products, but we’re not just a bar. We’re a restaurant that does all that with a strong EBITDAR percentage that outperforms many competitors.
You’re intrigued? Download our Investment Deck or reach out and let’s chat about why Big Whiskey’s is growing – and looking for you! Give us a call or drop us an email…we’d love to chat: 503.590.6575. Whether we share the same quirky sense of humor or a similar taste in whiskey, one thing is for sure: your success is our success!
Austin joined the Big Whiskey’s family in 2013 after completing his Masters Degree at Missouri State University and working in education for several years. His background in finance, marketing, and education helped complete the Big Whiskey’s ownership group and start the brand on its path towards franchising. Austin’s executive experience is extensive; he serves on the Herschend Family Entertainment Board, is acting Chair of Covenant Capital (Investing board), and serves on the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Board for South Central Missouri. When he’s not chatting up potential Big Whiskey’s franchise owners, you can find him on the golf course or spending time with his wife and daughter.
Next: Paul Sundy, Co-Founder, Senior VP of Operation >
Co-Founder, Senior VP of Operation
Paul started his entrepreneurial career in 2003 in downtown Springfield and has opened and operated 16 different eating/drinking establishments over the last 15 years. In 2006 Paul, along with two friends and partners, opened the first Big Whiskey’s on Park Central East. Exclusively doing everything themselves, including building the bar by hand and creating their own recipes, Paul had a vision early on for the potential in Big Whiskey’s. His vision led the way for the restaurant to begin franchising efforts in 2015. Married to his wife of 15 years, with two kids, Paul spends most of his free time either at the lake or on the soccer fields with his Big Whiskey’s to-go box in hand.
Next: Matt Caetano, Vice President of Operations >
Vice President of Operations
With over 30 years, (30 YEARS!) of restaurant experience, Matt spent his early years as a master bartender, corporate trainer and new store manager for TGI Fridays. Needless to say, he’s our in-house operations guru and resident bar flair aficionado. Matt has been with Big Whiskey’s since the beginning, coming on board in 2006 prior to the first restaurant location opening. He facilitates all of our menu and recipe development and executes all Big Whiskey’s corporate and franchise management training. Known for his hilarious jokes and catchy bar tricks, Matt’s philosophy of building a regular every day is the cornerstone of our restaurant culture. When he’s not on-location, Matt enjoys hanging out with his wife of 14 years and their teenage daughter.
Next: Laura Head Elliott, Director of Marketing >
laura head elliott
Director of Marketing
After a few years working in Minnesota post-college, Laura returned to Springfield in 2008 and began working for Paul and his multiple business endeavors shortly after. Serving as the marketing manager for multiple brands, Laura’s time and energy became more dedicated to Big Whiskey’s as the restaurant began to grow. A shared passion and commitment to not just the Big Whiskey’s marketing efforts, but the community first mentality, keeps her driven and dedicated to the evolving trends. Not able to pass up an opportunity for a beer on the patio, Laura loves being outside with her husband, new baby, and three black labs.
GRAND OPENING SET FOR BIG WHISKEY’S AMERICAN RESTAURANT & BAR
July 11, 2018 • springfield, mo
The Buffalo Chicken Dip is poppin’, the beers are pouring, and the patio is primed for summer fun! Friday, July 20th, Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar will celebrate the grand opening of their newest KC-area location at 9100 W. 135th Street in Overland Park, KS, and give away 100 gift certificate booklets to commemorate […]