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Joseph A. Sanfilippo

Chef

Chef Joseph Sanfilippo brings over 19 years of restaurant experience to Alice’s.  His inspiration to be a chef started when he was a kid working up from the bottom in his family’s owned and operated restaurant.  As he moved up the ranks, he absorbed a comprehensive hands-on knowledge of the restaurant industry.  More importantly, he discovered his life-long passion for food.  At 24, self-taught and extremely motivated, he left the family business with a desire to grow professionally.  Since then, he has paved his own path with a drive to achieve cutting-edge excellence in the culinary field.  Chef Sanfilippo initially came to Alice’s as Sous Chef.  His talent and dedication brought him to the Chef position in 2015.  Chef Sanfilippo is delighted that the Alice’s business plan is matched by his belief that quality and exciting food should be accessible to everyone. Using fresh, seasonal and trending ingredients, Chef delivers his distinctive style, passion and flare to the table.  Chef Sanfilippo hasn’t stopped.  He continues to actively explore and master artistic and technical skills in the culinary field.  Alice’s is honored to have such a young talent and inspired soul behind the line – breathing life into Alice’s menu and inspiring his staff to seek personal and professional greatness.

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Leslie Werner

General Manager

Leslie Werner has been in the restaurant industry for over a decade.  Before joining Alice’s in 2013 Leslie developed her professional career at a variety of Northwest New Jersey institutions such as Crystal Springs Resort, Ballyowen Golf Club, Cafe Ala Mode, and Mountain Creek Ski Resort.  Leslie joined the Alice’s team in May 2013 as the Assistant Front of House Manager.  In 2015 Leslie brought her ‘all things restaurant’ skills to the newly opened Windlass as Front of House manager.  As Alice’s enters its second decade, Leslie is back at the helm of Alice’s front of house operations.  She brings poise, thoughtfulness and a practical management style to Alice’s.  The faced-paced, upscale environment of Alice’s is a perfect venue for Leslie to showcase her personality and skills.  On her days off Leslie tries to get out hiking with her handsome boyfriend Troy and human-like dog Brock.

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Al Gulielmo

Bar Manager

Al Guglielmo moved to New York City from Rhode Island in 1976 to pursue a career in acting.  After graduating the American Music and Drama Academy, he worked professionally in Broadway musicals and tours and in television as Al DeCristo.  In 1996 he took a part-time bar tending job (one of many, such is the life of an actor) at Louie's Westside Cafe in Manhattan, where he got to know Alice and Bela as part of his clientele.  Assuming the Bar Manager position after a short time at Louie's, he began to gradually shift careers to restaurant management and accepted Alice and Bela's offer to help open a new venue on Lake Hopatcong-Alice's, in 2009.  Al is the only remaining member of the original team to open Alice's.  He still lives in Manhattan with his wife Jennifer, the General Manager of Raybloch Marketing, and his son Roman, a freshman at Vassar College.

Patrick Bolger

Assistant Front of House Manager

Patrick grew up in Hopatcong, resulting in a deep love for the Lake and its history. Pat started working at Alice’s in the Summer of 2014 and has worked at Alice’s every Summer since, until graduating in May 2017 from Susquehanna University with a degree in Economics. Since his first Summer at Alice's, Pat has served as a busser, a host, and currently works as the Assistant Front of House Manager.

When Pat isn’t at Alice’s, he finds himself on his boat, swimming and enjoying the lake. There truly isn’t a summer day that Pat is not on Lake Hopatcong! Pat also enjoys playing the piano, has a dog named Bruno (named after Bruno Mars – his favorite artist), and just recently picked up the hobby of home brewing. Overall, Pat loves the work he does at Alice’s: ensuring that guests experience all that Alice’s has to offer.  

Cyndi Ray

Assistant Front of House Manager

Cyndi started her journey with the Live The Lake/Camp Six organization in Summer of 2016 as a server at the Windlass. While at the Windlass she became cross trained as a Hostess to fill in for the off-season. Cyndi quickly fell in love with all things related to Lake Hopatcong and Nolan’s Point. Recently an assistant manager position opened at Alice’s and Cyndi could not pass up the opportunity to continue to grow with the company.

Cyndi brings more than a decade of hospitality industry experience - with a resume which includes Bob Evan’s corporation and  consulting for her family's Hotel and Restaurant business. She has also dabbled in the finance world and spent some time in the classroom as an English teacher. Cyndi loves customer service and providing an exceptional experience for all guests and is happy to be fulfilling that role at Alice’s.

 

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