Portrait of John Stanton

As a bartender at heart, John’s passion for hospitality and keen interest in the arts and sciences drive him to create experiences where guests feel welcome, cared for, and safe. John joined Sage Restaurant Concepts in 2021 as our National Director of Beverage, where he leads bar training and education, menu development, openings and transitions and operational support for our full portfolio of independent restaurant and bar concepts.

After spending years honing his skills behind the bar, he began to pursue beverage management roles with increasing responsibilities that spanned floor and general management, creative concepting, banquets, off-site events, team building, financial performance and beyond.

Before joining us, John spent over a decade with Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. As the West Coast Beverage Manager, he helped open more than 15 unique bar programs in three countries. He also specializes in craft cocktails and bar education and has an extensive knowledge of spirits and food and beverage operations. Most importantly, John maintains a lifelong passion for hospitality in all its forms. He’s based in Nashville, though he still roots for the New York Jets.


Sage Restaurant Concepts


Director of Beverage

Joined Sage


Personal Motto

u are the most important judge of your own performance.

Favorite Travel Destination

Southern Spain, and Columbia