Parador’s Owners – Larry & Rebecca Majewski
Larry & Rebecca’s story begins over a decade ago when they first met while working at Mr. B’s – A Bartolotta Steakhouse. When they began dating several years later and eventually married, it was a passion for food that served as a thread line for their entire relationship. Dozens of wonderful restaurant experiences served as benchmarks for some of the most memorable and important days of their lives.
Larry & Rebecca’s dream evolved from these experiences into a new life pursuit. They aimed to create a restaurant that would serve as a memorable backdrop to others’ important vacation memories. Parador is the culmination of what Larry and Rebecca love to stumble upon while traveling — a casual, tasty establishment where folks from all walks of life gather to eat, drink, and share good times.
On a trip to Spain in 2010, Larry and Rebecca were inspired by the Spanish culture, particularly the tapas style of dining. They enjoyed that eating out isn’t just about the food; it’s friends clinking glasses, a couple on their honeymoon, sun-soaked patrons recapping their days’ adventures. This is the atmosphere Larry & Rebecca hope to build at Parador and one of the reasons that they selected the vacation locale of Egg Harbor, Wisconsin.
Fortuitously, Larry spent 15 years professionally developing his food and beverage passion. For three years prior to opening Parador, Larry worked in every facet of Food & Beverage Management at Trump International Hotel & Tower – Chicago. Prior to Trump, Larry worked in Management for Hilton Corp. in Chicago. Larry cut his teeth as a server at the historic Hacienda del Sol in Tucson Arizona, before working for the Bartolotta Restaurant Group in Milwaukee and then at Valentino – Las Vegas in The Venetian.
Rebecca’s love affair with the Iberian peninsula began when she was born in Portugal. She moved stateside as a youth, but was fortunate to spend a semester in Toledo, Spain in a study abroad program while at the University of Notre Dame. Rebecca graduated with degrees in Accounting and Spanish and subsequently accepted an offer with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in their audit division. After several years of auditing Fortune 500 companies, Rebecca transitioned from the audit world to the corporate world at The Boeing Company, until leaving to open Parador.
Parador’s Chef – Daniel Dettlaff
Daniel’s local ties to Door County along with his passion for foreign foods and travel make him a natural fit on the Parador team. A product of Southern Door High School, Daniel began working at the Fish Market in Bailey’s Harbor at age 14 before heading to Milwaukee for culinary school. With fresh culinary experiences under his belt, Daniel moved back to Door County to cook at Saveur in Bailey’s Harbor. As Sous Chef, Daniel guided Saveur to local prominence while garnering some national recognition as well. Off seasons are spent in the spirit of travel, a month or two gaining inspiration in Europe and Turkey before heading to the kitchens of Florida until Door County season begins again. On his occasional free time in the peninsula Dan enjoys hanging out with his network of friends, especially when they’re outside.