Patrick Whalen Owner – Operator
For over a 15–year career, Patrick Whalen has earned his stripes in the hospitality business. Working as a dish-washer all the way up to executive level management, Patrick has developed a service-centered style where knowledge, passion, and a drive to excel are paramount.
After almost a decade learning the trade by working in New York City, Patrick, bound to his North Carolina roots, moved his family back South and was hired as Butter NC's General Manager. Under his leadership, Butter NC became established as the premiere nightclub establishment in the Southeast, and received numerous awards for excellence in service.
Guided by his entrepreneurial spirit, Patrick was in search of a strategic, collaborative partnership to open a new type of restaurant that complements his passion for good food and his detailed business acumen. Friends and former colleagues Alejandro Torio and Mills Howell expressed similar thoughts and their combined strengths led to the creation of 5Church Restaurant.
"Most restaurants are known for one of maybe two things", Patrick says. "Some have great food, and incredible design or terrific service. Rarely do you see all three in one place. At MAP Management, it is our goal to distinguish 5Church by offering excellence in all three areas of the restaurant."