GUS' ITALIAN CAFE & SPORTS BAR
"We are an independently owned, family operated lunch and dinner restaurant. Our pride stands on swift and efficient service along with presenting a wide variety of fresh and delicious food. Try the bar area, as well, to experience the other side of what we have to offer; almost every pro sports game found on our 16 tvs, Friday night band nights, Saturday night karaoke, super beverage and food specials daily and of course, some of the best up front and behind the scenes staff this area has to offer. Get on in here and sense a true family owned experience that has kept its roots focused on what is most important; you, the customer, taking in all the years experience to make your visit a most pleasurable one. Let our friendly staff take care of you and enjoy a visit to Gus’ Italian Café!”
-Owners, Scott & Lisa Stout
The famous Milton’s Pizza was started in the early 1970s in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The Mechanicsville store opened September 1980 in the downtown Mechanicsville Safeway shopping center, specializing in pizza, hot subs and pasta dishes. In 1983, Mechanicsville Milton’s became “Gus’ Pizza”. Scott Stout (current owner) bought the restaurant from Gus on January 1, 1987 and kept the classic pizza recipe the exact same, changing nothing from the dough to the sauce recipes. In 1991, Scott and Lisa (wife) moved the restaurant to its current location in Hanover Square Shopping Center. In 1993, the Stouts acquired the adjoining space, which is now their sports bar, to compliment the family restaurant side. Over 30 years later since the Stouts took over , Gus’ Italian Cafe is still a thriving local attribute to some of the best food and service in town.
Owner / General Manager
Scott Stout’s restaurant experience began over 40 years ago in 1979 when he was hired as a prep and grill cook at York Steak House. A year later he landed his second restaurant job at Milton’s Pizza as a prep, cook and pizza maker. After high school graduation in 1981, Scott went to work at Newport News Shipyard while still working nights and gaining his vast restaurant experience at Milton’s. Because of his dedication and loyalty, the owners offered Scott the opportunity to move to Richmond as an assistant manager of two Milton’s, one in downtown Mechanicsville and the other off Laburnum Avenue in Henrico. In 1983, the name “Milton’s Pizza” became “Gus’ Pizza,” after the owner at the time. In 1985, Scott was offered the head management position at the Mechanicsville store and soon after met his wife, Lisa Catlett. Almost seven years after Scott began working at Milton’s in Virginia Beach he proudly bought the Mechanicsville Gus’ restaurant outright on January 1, 1987.
Owner / General Manager
Lisa (Catlett) Stout met Scott in 1986, shortly before he acquired Gus’ Pizza. Right away, Scott sensed how much of an asset she would be to the restaurant during a severe snowstorm in January 1987. Scott’s wait staff was absent due to the storm, yet the night would be busy and Lisa managed the entire restaurant floor by herself to help Scott through the night. Lisa married Scott and has been a powerful and glowing attribution to the success of Gus’ Italian Cafe. Scott and Lisa, together, with the help of great friends and staff, have paved their own legendary path in historic Mechanicsville, Virginia.
DANNY "BUBBA" SHORES
Danny “Bubba” Shores began at Gus’ Italian Cafe in 1988 as a dishwasher and soon after moved into the prep/cook position. After a three year leave beginning in 1989, Bubba returned to Gus’ in 1993 as a prep/cook. 15 years later, in 2008, Bubba became the back end kitchen manager and Scott’s “right hand” man. Bubba is a master at each in house recipe and is a presentation perfectionist. His own crab cake recipe has been a most popular item for decades.
Floor Manager / Bartender
Brittany is an undeniable attribute and natural to the family business. She is the first born to Lisa and Scott. Brittany grew up in the Gus’ environment, picking up on how and why everything worked. As a child she would bissel the floors, wipe tables and roll silverware to help the employees. At age 13, she started earning her first paychecks as a hostess, then, at 17, she moved to waitressing. Her calm, cool and professional attitude, along with early teachings of proper managerial qualities, warranted her a sure spot as a bartender when she turned 21. Brittany has taken some leave while having children, however, she has always stayed focused on what is best for her family’s restaurant and bar.
Front End Manager / Bartender / Media
Charlie was hired by Scott and Lisa in November 1994 as a dishwasher and busboy. A year later, he began waiting tables and on busy bar nights Charlie would aid the bartenders and, in turn, they organically taught Charlie the business of the bar. In 1999, Charlie worked his first bartending shift on a Saturday afternoon. Dedication and care to a proficient running bar is what he expects. His goal is to professionally cater to bar and restaurant guests with energetic and skilled etiquette.
Shift Manager / Bartender
Dana McCosco began her restaurant and bartending career in 1997 at a Virginia Beach sports bar and eventually moved to Florida to continue her work at another local sports bar. After 20 years, Dana moved back to Virginia and easily approached Scott and Lisa about a position in the same establishment even her Mother had worked in over 20 years prior. Dana quickly earned her stay because of her abundance of managerial knowledge and bartending skills.