Our General Manager Justin Cooksley speaks about how Venue Restaurant & Lounge has been a big part of his life for 13 years. He even met his wife here and now they have two beautiful boys that keep them busy and full of joy.
I had the pleasure of being here the first day we ever opened to the public.
“I’m Justin Cooksley. I’m the General Manager at Venue Restaurant & Lounge and I’ve been here just over 13 years. I had the pleasure of being here the first day we ever opened to the public and waiting on the second table that ever walked through here. So looking back 13 years later it almost feels like a lifetime ago. I started off as a waiter and from there I moved to the bar side with my bar tending experience, and went from the head bartender to bar manager. After a little time in the bar then I moved to front of house manager and now to the general manager. So some say I did it the hard way but I do believe that going through each step I have learned different things at each step that help me to help the individuals around me. The fact that I’ve been here for 13 years I think speaks volumes to culture that we provide here at Venue. For this industry that’s not something that you generally see, and even in our employees, they don’t stay here for 6 months, it’s more of a 6 year stay. And again, that just speaks for our culture and atmosphere that we’ve built here. I’m proud to say that there are even a couple of employees that have been here for 13 years with me as well. That just speaks volumes for the people that they’re around, whether that be their coworkers or the guests that come in for the dining experience, it is a home away from home for our employees. I actually met my wife here. She was working here at the same time I was. We now are married for almost 8 years and we have two beautiful children, two lovely boys that keep us busy, and it just speaks volumes for the atmosphere and culture that we have here at Venue of treating everyone like family. We welcome them into our home, being able to dine together, to get to know each other better, and learn about each other on a much deeper level.”
The atmosphere and culture that we have here at Venue of treating everyone like family.
Come in today to meet Justin Cooksley and become part of our family. We will give you the great dining experience and incredible food that you can’t experience anywhere else in Lincoln, NE.
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