121 South 17th Street
Philadelphia , PA 19103
Hotel Palomar Philadelphia
Our staff at Square 1682 bring 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. We're putting together new details on their stories, so check back to find out a bit more about some of the people who make Square 1682 what it is.
Caitlin Mateo, Chef de Cuisine
Meet Chef de Cuisine, 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, under Executive Chef Guillermo Tellez. 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.
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, the former manager of Pod, Morimoto and Tangerine, 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 Chef Guillermo Tellez's 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.
Joan Baseman, Host & Private Dining Specialist
Meet Host & Private Dining Specialist Joan Baseman - 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!
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.
Nashville native Chauncey Scates 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 and Head Mixologist of 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." Using her favorite spirits: fortified wines, sherry, and vermouths-to name a few, Chauncey believes the key to a perfect cocktail is in "balance and quality ingredients."
Denethia Durgin, Bartender
Meet Bartender Denethia Durgin - 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 restaurants' 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.