Big Whiskey's Las Vegas Hires GM as Construction Begins


August 15, 2018

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Hammers 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, has recently 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, facilitating 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, and 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 chef’s 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 annually, Big Whiskey’s hopes to also win over the locals with their large whiskey selection, fun cocktails, and quality menu including staples like their 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 recently named as an emerging brand to “reboot casual dining” in Franchise Times.

Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar currently operates 6 locations in the Southwest Missouri area and one company owned store in Kansas City. Its first two restaurant franchises in Bentonville, AR, and Kansas City, MO opened in 2017. Additional franchise deals are currently pending in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, and Texas. For more information on how you can become a Big Whiskey's franchise owner, check out our franchise site at