General Manager/Head Bartender
Originally from Sleepy Hollow, New York, Paul Zekus serves as On Forty One's General Manager and Head Bartender. Paul graduated from Roger Williams University with a degree in Marine Biology and Environmental Science in 2004. After graduation, Paul spent 11 years in New York where he worked in all types of bars and restaurants and in the event/catering scene. "Events are exciting because it's like opening a new restaurant every night," says Paul. "From room layouts to speciality cocktails to decor, there's always something different to look forward to."
In September of 2015, Paul made the decision to move to Charleston. He instantly fell in love with the concept and feel of On Forty One. Since then, Paul has been leading the team with his outgoing personality and positive outlook to make everyone's experience in and around the restaurant the best it can possibly be.
Paul is passionate about creating cocktails and mixing & matching flavors. He loves to try different flavor profiles, but still holds the classic pairings close to his heart. In addition to bartending, Paul works alongside Chef Brannon Florie to coordinate and execute both on and off site events for the restaurant.
"My goal is to make every guest feel like they are at home when dining with us," says Paul.
When Paul isn't mixing things up behind the bar, you can find him cheering on his New York sports teams, trying out new food and cultures, and spending time with his family.