Ashlee Fairbanks has been named general manager at Watertable at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa in Huntington Beach, California, the resort’s award-winning signature restaurant and gastro bar. Fairbanks brings more than 10 years of hospitality experience including roles at highly lauded culinary destinations in Southern California and Las Vegas.
“I am delighted to welcome Ashlee to Watertable and to our Surf City resort,” says Michael Halloran, director of food and beverage. “Her years of dining leadership experience, knowledge of the area and enthusiasm for hospitality, make her a solid addition as Watertable continues to expand its position as one of Orange County’s newest and most exciting dining destinations.”
Fairbanks’s strong background in Southern California hospitality includes lead roles at Newport Beach’s The Island Hotel and Wildfish Seafood Grille, and at Stonehill Tavern at The St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point.
Most recently, she successfully served as general manager of Katsuya by Stark at SLS Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas where she oversaw the opening of the restaurant, led opening programs for nine restaurants at the property and recruited, hired and trained more than 800 employees.
At Watertable, Fairbanks will oversee all operations of the bustling restaurant including ensuring superior service standards, staffing, and financial operations. Outside of work, Fairbanks can be found enjoying the outdoors, challenging herself with the latest fitness classes and entertaining friends at home.
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