About Us

Our Owners

Pete Boland

is born & raised in St. Pete, Florida, and a graduate of St. Petersburg High School. He is a 20 year veteran of the Bar & Restaurant business, with notable tenures at Courigan’s Irish Pub in Downtown St Pete as bartender / manager / chef, and as an operations manager at MacDinton’s Soho, before co-founding The Galley: A St Pete Tavern, as its managing partner & chef in 2016. Boland, now 35, was culinary trained at the Art Institute of Tampa, and began bartending at age 19, and managing bars and restaurants at age 21. With a deep love and experience in Irish Pub culture, Boland will be the day to day owner-operator of Mary’s. He’s known as “The Publican”.

Boland’s late Grandmother, Mary Margaret Prescott, is the namesake of the new Irish pub, and operated her own St Pete Beauty salon at the same address of the new establishment in the 1970s.

Roger Zeghibe

is a restauranteur with over 35 years of experience in the management and ownership of restaurants and bars in Boston, MA. Currently owns and operates multiple locations in Boston, including the flagship of his restaurant group, the Beantown Pub. Zeghibe has been visiting the Tampa Bay/ St. Petersburg area for years and fell in love with its charm and vibrant restaurant scene. He has owned and operated locations in St. Petersburg since 2017 and is excited to be teaming up with his friends, a group of local restaurant professionals, to open their first joint venture: Mary Margaret’s Olde Irish Tavern.

Ian Taylor

is born & raised in St. Pete, FL, and a graduate of St. Petersburg High School. He has a Bachelor’s in Accounting from the University of South Florida. after serving 4 years in the United States Navy. He is the co-founder of The Galley: A St. Pete Tavern, and owner of All Elements Design, which specializes in custom build-outs and design of bars and restaurants, with happy clients all over greater St. Pete.

Aaron Van Dora

born and raised in St. Petersburg, Aaron is a Lakewood High School graduate. Has been running the bar at Gratzzi for over 15 years. Van Dora took advantage of the recent real estate boom and redeveloped over a dozen properties in St Petersburg. Aaron is a married to Kat Van Dora, and is a proud father of 3.

Jack Caramello

Jack was born in Winthrop, Mass and raised in St Pete. As a Northeast High and UF graduate, he has 30yrs experience in the restaurant industry. He is the owner / operator of 12 pizza / Italian restaurants in 6 different states – including Gumbys Pizza on 4th Street in St Pete, Slice Pizzeria & Winghouse in S Tampa.

Chris DiNeno

is the Broker/Owner of Main Street & Main — a Commercial Real Estate Brokerage specializing in the sale of businesses as going concerns. His company has been ranked #1 in Greater Tampa Bay, and a Top 5 producer in the State of Florida for the last 5 years in a row. Mr DiNeno has also developed, owned and operated restaurants in 22 states, beginning in 1987. That experience has been the cornerstone in his success as a business man, and enabled him to share that knowledge with his clients far & wide. Originally from Connecticut, Chris and his wife have been living in Florida since 1994 and plan on retiring in this sunny paradise.

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