20 Under 30: Randy Gildehaus

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Photo Kevin O'Riley

General Manager/Co-owner, ICON Nightclub and Big Whiskey’s

Born: January 25, 1983


Growing up with parents in the restaurant industry, Randy Gildehaus knew he wanted to someday have a place of his own. He knew exactly what it would take to run a successful restaurant. He got his chance with downtown favorite Big Whiskey’s. And as it turns out, he knows how to run a best-in-its-region nightclub, as well.

As operator of ICON Nightclub, Randy oversees day-to-day operations at a club that has pumped more than 1 million customers through its doors. It’s not an easy gig: alcohol, hormones and strict rules make for a constant juggling act and require an attention to detail. On the Big Whiskey’s side (literally—the businesses are connected), Randy is excited by the possibilities, and hopes to help it take the next step. “I love my job and really believe in the concepts and products. It’s important to have the right employees beside you.”

Randy’s goals for Big Whiskey’s aren’t modest: five new locations in the next five years, 20 in 10 years. 20 years from now? Retirement (when he’ll probably hang lake with his wife-to-be, Alexis, and his dog, Mocha). For now, Randy spends his days and nights at his businesses, as well as networking with Rotaract, serving as chairman for the annual Bartenders Charity Ball, and as an Associate Member at Highland Springs Country Club.

 

Randomness

 

What's Your Favorite:

Movie?
Days of Thunder (hands down)

TV Show?
CSI: Las Vegas

Band?
Outfield

Childhood cartoon character?
Mario

Sports team?
St. Louis Cardinals

Adult beverage?
Beer: Bud Light
Drink: Vodka, cranberry, and lime a.k.a. Cape Cod
Shot: Gran Marnier(unchilled) a.k.a Grandma

Local bar AND restaurant (name both)?
Big Whiskey's and Big Whiskey's

Words to hear at Icon?
It's OK, I know Randy!

Menu item at Big Whiskey's?
Buffalo chicken wrap

 

 

Questions:

What’s the first website you check every day?
weather.com

One night, no consequences, whom do you seduce?
Jennifer Aniston most resembles my fiance, so it wouldn't feel like I was cheating.

What’s the best thing about being younger than 30?
Not feeling old!!!

 

 

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