On Monday, chef Alex Seidel made a power move for his newest venture, Mercantile Dining & Provisions: He hired Rachael Wilson as the new general manager. Wilson, whose hospitality experience is enviable, has replaced the opening GM Jaime Town.
A Denver native, she got into the restaurant business at the tender age of 17 and never looked back. Early in her career, Wilson worked at Papillon and Jax Fish House in Denver and Fleur de Lys in San Francisco. When she returned to Colorado, she took a front-of-the-house position at Frasca Food and Wine where she worked for three years. After a move to Aspen, she became the manager of the reputable Matsuhisa restaurant. More recently, she worked at Roberta's in Brooklyn and has produced several food and wine events in New York City, Las Vegas, and beyond.
Family and a desire to enjoy the outdoors brought Wilson back home to the Mile High City. She got acquainted with Mercantile Dining & Provisions through friends and the match clearly became apparent. "If you walk into Mercantile, it has an undeniable special aesthetic about it, plus the people who work here are so kind. It just seemed like something I really wanted to align myself with," Wilson shared.
She will handle general manager duties as well as direct the event coordination at the Union Station Restaurant.