We believe Old School Hospitality’s ‘secret sauce’ is its people, beginning with its partners, who each contribute expertise to different aspects of the business. Our restaurants are fortunate to attract the industry's best talent, and we give them the training and professional opportunities to succeed. Respect and support of our employees is evident in everything we do; as a result, we enjoy a degree of staff loyalty and tenure that is rare in this high-turnover business.
Born in Texas, Paul has been in Florida for most of his life. He attended the University of Florida and then went on to graduate from the University of Notre Dame with a B.B.A. in Accounting, and later graduated from the University of Miami School of law. Prior to entering the restaurant business, Paul also worked as a staff accountant with Price Waterhouse in Tampa and later worked as an attorney with Morgan, Lewis, and Bockius in Miami. Paul is also an experienced pilot and is married with five children.
Frank is also a local radio personality with ESPN 106.3, where he hosts a weekly show concentrating on Mixed Martial Arts. Frank is married with 2 children.
A Fort Lauderdale native, James graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Accounting, and from the Florida State University College of Law. During college and law school, he worked in the federal trial court in Philadelphia, the state appellate and trial courts in Tallahassee, and also in different restaurants and bars in and around the Fort Lauderdale and Tallahassee area. James practiced law for almost four years in Fort Lauderdale at the law firm of Tripp Scott. His practice focused mainly on commercial litigation, bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings.
James lives in downtown Fort Lauderdale and plans to plant his roots in the area even further. His love for the bar and restaurant business, along with his eclectic background, eventually led him back to the hospitality industry and to form Old School Hospitality with Paul, Frank, and Joe. He now handles the day-to-day legal and accounting work for Old School Hospitality and its subsidiary restaurants from our corporate office in Fort Lauderdale.
Joe Zebrowski left his legal career in 2014 to join Old School Hospitality with Paul Flanigan, James Flanigan, and his college roommate, Frank Zaffere. He is currently responsible for the operation of the Beach Bar @ Newport Pier in Sunny Isles and oversees the construction and start-up obligations of Old School’s newest endeavor, “Good Spirits”, in Fort Lauderdale. Joe attended Notre Dame on a baseball scholarship and graduated in 1992 with a business degree. He has two children.
Our Executive Chef
Chang Jin aka Sushi Mike
Sushi Mike was born in Seoul, South Korea, and came to the United States in 1985. He first lived in New York where he began working in sushi restaurants located in Queens and Manhattan. During his tenure in New York, Sushi Mike gained eight years of experience cooking high-end Korean and Japanese cuisine, as well as honing his sushi skills. Mike specializes in the "haro" technique -- filleting fish at the table and serving it fresh to customers.
Sushi Mike moved to South Florida in 1993 to be the creative force behind a family-owned sushi restaurant. The following year, he opened his own restaurant in West Palm Beach and ran it for three years. He has also served as the Head Sushi Chef at Carmine's Ocean Grill from 1997-2010. Mike is happily married to his wife of 20 years and has one daughter.