In 1996, El Gaucho opened with a vision of fine dining from a bygone era with old-school tableside service for people celebrating their lives. Twenty years later, the family-run company has grown to five restaurants throughout the Pacific Northwest and a boutique inn. To mark the occasion, a company-wide celebration with promotions and events will run through December 2016.
Founder Paul Mackay loved working at the original El Gaucho which closed its doors in 1985. In June of 1996, he decided to bring back that magical, swanky ambience and began remodeling the former Sailors of the Pacific Union hall on First and Wall in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. In June of 2016, president and COO Chad Mackay is bringing new changes to the building with an outdoor dining area, remodeled restrooms and foyer with wine lockers for guests.
“My dad, Paul Mackay, created something special when he brought El Gaucho back to Seattle. Guests were transported to another time of service, elegance, and a tableside show,” said Chad Mackay, president and COO, El Gaucho Hospitality. “We are so honored that our guests continue to celebrate their lives with us and we are building on that legacy by updating our flagship restaurant in Belltown.”
Original El Gaucho Selections
Veal Scallopini Marsala
Rack of Venison
Tableside flaming sword lamb shish kebab
Ostrich fan filet
Original El Gaucho Cocktails
Muddled rye old fashioned
Cocktail Favorites from El Gaucho Locations
Bellevue’s Gaucho Cosmo
Seattle’s Gaucho Blanton’s Manhattan
Tacoma’s French Kiss
Other celebration specials
- Throwback prices for one table at each El Gaucho every night from today through November 10th
- Special 20th Anniversary Wine – an exceptional 2012 Washington State Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
- USO Northwest donations: in October and November, guests at all El Gaucho restaurants will be provided with information about how to make a USO Northwest contribution
USO Northwest donations: in October and November, guests at all El Gaucho restaurants will be provided with information about how to make a USO Northwest contribution
Dedicated to Service Event and Auction to Benefit USO Northwest
The highlight of El Gaucho’s celebration year will be an invitation-only benefit event and auction to be held at El Gaucho Seattle on Veteran’s Day: Friday, November 11, 2016. All proceeds from the evening will benefit USO Northwest and their goal of opening a new hospitality center at Joint Base Lewis McChord. The Army side of JBLM is the largest concentration of military and their families without a USO presence. These centers are fundamental to the mission of USO Northwest as they provide a place of community building and connections for our military personnel and their families. Their goal is to raise $160,000 as part of the event and our overall anniversary campaign. They feel honored to be part of this community and are inspired to serve those who serve us.