As Robust Wine Bar & Café continues to grow, owners have decided to bring on hospitality-industry veteran Gregg Doyle as director of operations effective Mon., July 9.
Doyle will oversee all operations for the award-winning Webster Groves location as well as the in-the-works location at the Mercantile Exchange building at the corner of 7th Street and Washington Avenue in Downtown St. Louis.
A 20-year veteran in all aspects of the hospitality business, Doyle’s experience spans more than five countries, including Spain, Portugal, England, Ireland and the United States. In St. Louis, he served as a corporate trainer for Crazy Fish restaurants, principal wine buyer for Figaro (formerly of Clayton) and most recently as group general manager of Mosaic Restaurants.
During his time with Mosaic, Doyle furthered the expansion of the brand to multiple St. Louis areas including two Washington Avenue locations, Des Peres and St. Louis International Airport at Lambert Field.
“I'm very excited to join the Robust family,” Doyle says. “Robust's contemporary design, vibrant atmosphere, sense of hospitality, artisan cuisine and extensive wine portfolio is a testament to the magic that [owners] Stanley and Arlene Browne have created. I am eager to lend my hand to perpetuate this gem.”
Doyle joins a team of professionals that has reached new heights since Robust began plans for expansion, owners say. In February, Lauren Blake, experienced sommelier and mixologist from Aspen, Colo., joined the Robust team as wine and spirits curator, and highly regarded chef Joseph Hemp, formerly with Annie Gunn’s and Brasserie, was named executive chef.
Robust owner Stanley Browne says, “We are pleased with our continued growth and believe that having Gregg Doyle on our team will positively impact the future of Robust. We believe Gregg’s multi-unit experience, as well as, his outstanding leadership and management skills are key to Robust expansion and consistency in our brand. We feel this new development will bring the highest quality and greater continuity in our product offerings that our customers have come to expect. This new team is primed and ready to bring the Robust concept to even greater levels as we prepare for more growth.”
Robust Wine Bar & Cafe, 227 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, 314.963.0063, robustwinebar.com