121 South 17th Street
Philadelphia , PA 19103
Adjacent to
Hotel Palomar Philadelphia
Tel: 215.563.5008

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Our staff at Square 1682 brings passion and experience to their respective roles. As a result, the synergy and sense of hospitality is one of the things for which Square 1682 has quickly become known. Take a look at the people who make Square 1682 what it is.

Caitlin Mateo, Executive Chef

Meet Executive Chef, Caitlin Mateo - This rising culinary star and former full-time gymnast first started cooking at the age of 18 with Chef Marianne Cuneo Powell at The Little Café in Voorhees, N.J. And despite her petite frame, Mateo is quite a culinary force. Mateo's personal philosophy is to use the best ingredients possible and let the flavors speak for themselves. Honing her craft as a Sous-Chef under Philadelphia Chef Marcie Turney, Mateo has recently since been promoted to Chef de Cuisine at Square 1682. In her off time, Mateo enjoys cooking with her husband for friends and family, being a new mom, and escaping to the beach for long walks, whenever time permits.

John Clarke, Service Manager

Service Manager John Clarke comes to Square 1682 with a boatload of enthusiasm, an eagle's eye for detail and a winning personality. You might say the hospitality game comes natural to John who grew up with a family-owned bar in the wilds of Western Ireland before moving to Dublin. It was at this bar where farmers and sheep traders would unwind after a busy day at the market over a pint. John came Stateside after meeting his wife {a Philly girl} in New Zealand a few years back and totally fell for Philly. He first landed at a nearby Irish pub that's one of the city's best regarded. Sure it was a bit of a cliché, but The Bards served as a landing point and readied John for his jumping off point of joining Team Square 1682. In his time away from Square 1682 contributes to a soccer supporters club {okay John, Football} that helps raise money for a non-profit soccer charity in Philadelphia's economically challenged Kensington neighborhood. Personal motto: What you see is what you get.

Francisco Mateo, Sous Chef

Still waters run deep. Yes it's true. And no truer words were spoken when speaking of Square 1682's Sous Chef Francisco Mateo. Let's just say, he's a quiet talent. Mateo's culinary training took place in the diverse and dynamic kitchens of Mexico City. From there, Mateo worked the better resorts of beautiful Cape May, New Jersey before diving into some great Philadelphia establishments. When Francisco is not at Square 1682 - he is constantly researching the culinary world, gaining insights and influences from all over the world. Other interests include artisan beer making and photography. Francisco also loves spending time with his growing family and making sure they all get plenty of outdoor time - whether it's hiking, days at the beach or heading to a nearby park.

George Cook, Sous Chef

George will tell you that when his grandmother first introduced him to a mango, it opened his palate and he was a cook from that day on. Professionally, he's been in the kitchen for more than 15 years. He has trained under some top talent including Le Bec Fin founder Georges Perrier, and internationally acclaimed Susanna Foo. In his off time, George enjoys visiting "mom and pop" neighborhood restaurants throughout the city - from Cambodian to North African to classic French. George also enjoys cooking for his family, friends and whoever drops in.

Chauncey Scates, Kimpton Citywide Lead Bartender

Here begins the story of a Tennessee girl who got lost on her way to NYC, and found herself at Square 1682. Meet Chauncey Scates, this Nashville native began her journey close to home nearly seven years ago at renowned Patterson House, and has since defined her mastery in mixology. When Chauncey decided to head up north to New York, her pit stop into Philly quickly became her new place to call home, as she lead cocktail programs at both Apothecary and Franklin Mortgage Co. Now, as Lead Bartender at Square 1682 - Modern Kitchen & Cocktails, Chauncey's bold and refreshing cocktails challenge the art of libations. "Making a drink was once a craft... we're just returning to those roots." Chauncey believes the key to a perfect cocktail is in "balance and quality ingredients." What Chauncey loves about the new Square 1682: "I love the beautiful space and Caitlin's bangin' job with the food."

Joan Baseman, Lead Host & Private Dining Specialist

This proud Philadelphian is also a lifelong fashionista - having spent time in New York, L.A. and Europe to learn the world of couture, before a career as a corporate travel consultant. This seasoned foodie decided to shift gears a few years back and now can be found booking parties, coordinating events and greeting guests at Square 1682. Joan has been with Square 1682 since opening nearly three years ago. We don't know where we'd be without her. What else can we say about Joan? Her dedication is as big as her personality. Her personality is as big as her earrings. You go Joan!

Daniel Kulisek, Bartender

Personable, talented and quick-witted, Dan comes to Square 1682 with more than 10 years in-the-biz. Sure, Dan loves what he does, but when he's not behind the stick, he's more often than not behind a microphone. Dan's alter ego is that of rock star and lead vocalist. Other career options? Talk show host perhaps? Let's just say this super-friendly barman has been blessed with the gift of gab.

Denethia Durgin, Bartender

Better known as 'Dee,' and bartender extraordinaire at Square 1682. What does this model turned mixology maven like most about what she does? "I'm allowed to do my thing and I love the responses I get from our guests. Kimpton's Master Mixologist Jacques Bezuidenhout is my greatest inspiration. He's taught me to not be afraid to utilize exotic fruits and veggies and natural sweeteners that intrigue and delight our guests," Durgin says. Stop in and see what Dee is mixing up tonight.

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