August 15, 2018 • springfield, mo

Big Whiskey's Las Vegas Hires General ManagerHammers are swinging as Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar ventures west. The first of two locations planned for Las Vegas is officially under construction with a late 2018-early 2019 target opening date.

As construction gets underway, Big Whiskey’s Las Vegas franchise owner, Anthony DePasquale, named Brian Mangino as the General Manager. “Brian’s background in the Las Vegas hospitality industry is second to none,” states DePasquale. “I’m thrilled to have him on board for this exciting new venture.”

Mangino most recently served as the Director of Operations for Hussong’s Cantina Brand in Las Vegas. While there, he facilitated the opening of four full-service restaurants over the last seven years. “It’s really exciting for me to come on board with a new restaurant concept in Vegas,” exclaims Mangino. “The Big Whiskey’s brand and product will be a great fit in this market. I can’t wait to get our doors open!”

Prior to his role with Hussong’s Cantina and Titan Brands, Mangino, a Vegas native, worked through the ranks alongside chefs like Emeril Lagasse, Michael Mina, Charlie Palmer and Roy Yamaguchi, opening their flagship restaurants on the Vegas strip.

While Las Vegas is a mecca for millions of tourists, Big Whiskey’s hopes to also win over the locals with their large whiskey selection, fun cocktails, and quality menu.  The restaurant hopes to build repeat customers with their signature staples like the Buffalo Chicken Wontons and hand-cut steaks.

President of Big Whiskey’s Franchising, Austin Herschend, states, “We’re two steps closer to Big Whiskey’s Las Vegas. To snag someone like Brian, with his level of experience in the Las Vegas hospitality industry, is incredibly exciting for our brand. We’re all counting down the days until grand opening!”


The two-store deal was signed by DePasquale for the Las Vegas market in June of 2017. Big Whiskey’s Franchising also inked another two-store agreement for locations in Birmingham, Alabama, in September of 2017. Big Whiskey’s was also recently named as an emerging brand to “reboot casual dining” in Franchise Times.

Exposure in expanding marketings, and gaining recognition in the restaurant franchise industry is key to the brand’s growth strategy. Similarly, Big Whiskey’s aims to continue to gain market share with their existing restaurant locations.

Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar was founded in 2006 in Springfield, Missouri. The brand currently operates seven restaurants in Southwest Missouri in addition to two franchise locations; Bentonville, AR and Kansas City, MO. In addition to Las Vegas, a Birmingham, AL, franchise location is also scheduled to open in 2019. Big Whiskey’s restaurant franchises are available across the United States. For more information on available markets and investment opportunities, please visit www.bigwhiskeysfranchise.com

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