121 South 17th Street
Philadelphia , PA 19103
Hotel Palomar Philadelphia
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.
Matthew Rafferty, General Manager
Meet General Manager, Matthew Rafferty - If there's one thing Matt knows, it's that all the world's a stage. That's why this sometimes rocker and performer kills it in the hospitality arena. These days, this former resident of Sullivan's Steakhouse, Starr Restaurants (Pod, Morimoto) and The Freight House rocks hard-core for Kimpton Restaurants. As Square 1682 General Manager, the Philadelphia-area native leads his team to provide exemplary service that pairs perfectly with award-winning cuisine, bringing the whole team to higher ground. Rafferty ensures stellar guest satisfaction from breakfast through late-night desserts and drinks. Most importantly, Rafferty makes every guest at Square 1682 feel like a star - from start to finish. Every day.
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.
Masha Manojlovich, Bar Manager
Though born abroad, Masha is a Philadelphian through and through. Masha is an alumna of Temple University's School of Hospitality. During her education, Masha held posts at various prominent Philadelphia restaurants, including Rouge on nearby Rittenhouse Square. At Square 1682 Masha works closely with Lead Bartender Chauncey Scates and team in an effort to raise the bar to lofty new heights. In her off time Masha enjoys building birdhouses and cooking everything from Eastern European classics to Asian fusion favorites. If she weren't at Square 1682, Masha would be a globetrotting nomad - and probably broke. And no, there's no "r" in this girl's name - but she's still ready to jump in and play the name game.
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, 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."
David Foster, Lead Server
David is a dad of two grade-school kids and has had a former life as an Air Force cook. He also happens to be a health and fitness enthusiast with a diversified regimen that includes Mauy Thai kickboxing and other fitness routines. David holds a bachelor's degree in health and nutrition. If he was not at Square 1682, David would be in a health profession or possibly opening up a restaurant that focusing on wellness. "That's one of the things I always liked about Square 1682 - there's always a focus on health and wellness - those option are well represented here. David's favorite city outside Philadelphia? Barcelona. "The food, people, and culture, are all amazing."
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.
Joan Baseman, 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!
Janay Green, Online Content Coordinator
Janay is a native Philadelphian and dexterous dialoguer who earned her degree in Strategic Communications from Temple University. Languages are another forte. If you're in the mood for a quick banter in Spanish, French or Hebrew, Janay's your girl. When away from Square 1682, Janay frequents live music venues (over 80 concerts and counting!), loves to experiment with cooking and mixing drinks, and has been known to pick up and fly to LA or Miami for a party - or just because.