Restaurants and bars are sometimes maligned, but they are very important to our very sense of who we are as a people.
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The Restaurant Guys: Mark Pascal and Francis Schott [seated].

The Restaurant Guys: Mark Pascal and Francis Schott [seated].

About the Restaurant Guys

The Restaurant Guys are Mark Pascal and Francis Schott. They have been in the restaurant and wine business on the high end for about 20 years each. They met in college and now own and operate Stage Left Restaurant in New Brunswick, NJ, one of the most highly regarded Contemporary American Restaurants on the East Coast.

They also have operated a retail wine shop focused on estate-bottled wines from small producers. They have been teaching New Jersey’s most well-regarded consumer class in wine since 1990. The New York Times raved about that class in a full page article which you can view at (last article in “In The News”).

Mark and Francis have consulted on restaurant projects large and small from country clubs bars to small food vendors to other top-tier restaurants and wine programs. These are two hard-working food and wine professionals who have been fortunate enough to meet with success in most of their ventures in the culinary arena and had a great deal of fun in the process. The many great people they have met along the way make up a unique community of passionate food and wine professionals, from farmers to importers to producers to restaurateurs to collectors to consumers to the guy they met last week who had his first glass of pinot noir at their bar and was astounded.

Mark and Francis always have time for a great meal, always have time to share a story and always have time for a great glass of wine.

They are excited about The Restaurant Guys Radio Show, as it is yet another venue for them to share their passion, welcome their old friends, make new friends and spread the word about what’s really important. Breaking bread with friends and family and coming together over the communal table.


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Francis tasting wine with Chris Cree MW at the home of wine importer Neal Rosenthal.

Francis tasting wine with Chris Cree MW at the home of wine importer Neal Rosenthal.

About Stage Left Restaurant: Among its many accolades, Stage Left holds 26 points in food from Zagat Restaurant Survey; The New York Times ranks them Excellent, the NJ equivalent of three stars; has compared their wine list to the best restaurants in NYC and named Stage Left among the “Top 10 Restaurants in America – Worth The Drive from a Major City.” NJ Monthly Magazine readers have named Stage Left “Best Restaurant in Central Jersey” “Best New American Restaurant” “Best Wine List” “Best Service” “Best Romantic Dining” and “Best Business Dining.” Francis and Mark are often quoted as authorities on restaurants, wine and dining in the local and regional press.

The Restaurant Guys

Who Are The Restaurant Guys? Every week, Francis Schott and Mark Pascal host the Restaurant Guys, a show that's as informative as it is fun. Francis and Mark own Stage Left Restaurant in the heart of New Brunswick's theatre district, and, along with their expertise in a wide range of fine dining and wine matters, they bring to the table humor and intelligent conversation, perfect for the midday listener. The show includes discussions and interviews with famous chefs, restaurateurs, wine and food writers, critics; and the Guys even give stuff away occasionally.