Desi Vega, Paul Varisco, & Rodney Salvaggio
Desi, Paul and Rodney wanted to continue Mr. John's passion for serving the highest quality steaks available. They bring a combined restaurant experience of over 50 years. Desi Vega, the managing partner, grew up in the restaurant business and was "groomed" by Miss Ella Brennan at Commander's Palace, Miss Ruth Fertel of Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, and most recently by Emeril Lagasse. His attention to detail and commitment to excellence makes for a truly memorable dining experience.
Rodney Salvaggio, Mr. John's son -in-law, owned and operated the very popular, "Smilie's, in Jefferson Parish for 25 years. Paul Varisco has a love for food and been in the restaurant supply business for the last 12 years. It was he who brought the partners together to continue Mr. John's name. Desi knows what it takes for Mr. John's to be the top steakhouse in New Orleans and one of the top steakhouses in the nation and is determined to do so with superior food and service.
Executive Chef Jared Gassenberger
Jared Gassenberger was born and raised in Marrero, LA. He attended Holy Cross High school from 2003-2007. After working in a kitchen through high school he decided to attend culinary school after graduation. He began classes at Louisiana Culinary Institute and graduated with a degree in advance culinary arts in 2009. Jared has since worked for a number of well-known chefs including Chef Lazone Randolph at Brennan’s, and has worked as Sous Chef under Chef Robert Bruce, Chef Miles Prescott, and Chef Bradley Williams.
Chef Jared Gassenberger currently serves as Executive Chef at Mr. John’s Steakhouse on St. Charles Ave in New Orleans where he works to use his experience in steakhouses to maintain the high standard of food and service that Mr. John’s Steakhouse is known for.