Meet the Team

Patrick Whalen Owner – Operator

For over a 15–year career, Patrick Whalen has earned his stripes in the hospitality business. Working as a dish-washer all the way up to executive level management, Patrick has developed a service-centered style where knowledge, passion, and a drive to excel are paramount.

After almost a decade learning the trade by working in New York City, Patrick, bound to his North Carolina roots, moved his family back South and was hired as Butter NC's General Manager. Under his leadership, Butter NC became established as the premiere nightclub establishment in the Southeast, and received numerous awards for excellence in service.

Guided by his entrepreneurial spirit, Patrick was in search of a strategic, collaborative partnership to open a new type of restaurant that complements his passion for good food and his detailed business acumen. Friends and former colleagues Alejandro Torio and Mills Howell expressed similar thoughts and their combined strengths led to the creation of 5Church Restaurant.

"Most restaurants are known for one of maybe two things", Patrick says. "Some have great food, and incredible design or terrific service. Rarely do you see all three in one place. At MAP Management, it is our goal to distinguish 5Church by offering excellence in all three areas of the restaurant."

Mills Howell Owner – Interior Designer

Aesthetically pleasing and high quality craftsmanship speaks for itself, which is why Reaching Quiet has become a leading design and build firm in Charlotte, NC. Mills Howell, in partnership with Reaching Quiet co-principal Eric Boyd, has developed a stunning interior design portfolio with their team of crafstmen, artists, and architects. Mills cutting edge commercial works can be experienced at Gallery Twenty-Two, Vida Cantina, Kazba, and other Charlotte area establishments. His upscale and stylish residential designs can be found throughout the metropolitan region, including The Trust in Uptown.

Mill remarks, "Patrick and Alejandro share my vision for creativity and customer service. I am excited to team up with professionals I trust and respect. They bring energy, enthusiasm, and a tremendous amount of experience to our project. We make a great team."

Alejandro Torio Owner – Marketing Director

Since moving here from NYC in January of 2010, Alejandro Torio has worked diligently to provide entertainment to Charlotte's social scene as the form Marketing Director at Butter NC and Co-Founder of Fashion's Night Out Charlotte. Since the late 1990's, Alejandro has co-produced events featuring nationally recognized talent such as the Beastie Boys, Moby and DJ Mark Ronson. He also hosted weekly events at New York City hostspots including Lotus, Bed, Centro-Fly and Marquee.

Alejandro's entertainment experience and his opinions on atmosphere, cuisine, and customer service are essential to MAP Management's business model and strategic plans. Alejandro says, "For locals, 5Church is the place where Uptown meets Plaza Midwood and Myers Park. The restaurant is an environment where residents and visitors can enjoy the combined elements of sophisticated décor, unique food, hip and friendly staff, and a varietal selection of beverages in a lively, artistic scene. Dining out should be an event experience for all meals."

Jamie Lynch Executive Chef

Jamie Lynch is one of the most coveted chefs residing in Charlotte, NC. He was academically accredited in New England as a culinary artisan and he developed professional experience at 4-star restaurants including Le Cirque, Café Boulud and Aureole. Drawn to the entrepreneurial and creative spirit of MAP Management's partners, Jamie is departing from his most recent position at Barrington's Restaurant located in the South Park region of Charlotte. Jamie aspires to express his love and passion for flavorful dining, comfortable ambiance, and pleasant hospitality. He remarks that as the Executive Chef at 5Church he will, "develop new-American style, seasonal menus that reflect the purity of local products and advocates proper techniques of food preparation in a respectful manner." New-American style refers to an eclectic blend of multi-cultural flavors.