In 2014, Alex and his family, who already had connections in Colchester because his father lived there, managed to acquire a Main Street pub in town now known as the Inishmor.
Alex’s college career, however, started somewhat tentatively when he first attended college for about a year. He felt the time wasn’t right for him then, so that’s when he decided to travel extensively throughout Europe.
When he returned to Connecticut, Alex immediately enrolled at Middlesex Community College as a full-time student in the general studies associate degree program. He became very involved with student leadership opportunities, such as the College Affairs and Academic Appeals Council, the College Council, as well as the MxCC Foundation. (Students are eligible to sit on and participate in the discussions and decisions of these committees with the college’s faculty and professional staff.)
Alex became a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as well as the president of the Student Senate. Boosting his leadership and academic skills, Alex was also a legislative intern with former member of the Connecticut House of Representatives John Geragosian.
Looking back, Alex especially found that while “being around adults and seeing how the process and systems work” proved to be very beneficial to him in the future.
Giving credit to faculty and staff members who were influential to him during his two years at MxCC, Alex mentioned math professors Stephen Krevisky and Pamela Frost, his advisor Judy Mazgulski, and “a great relationship” with history Professor Emeritus Richard Patrick.
In 2008, armed with academic confidence by graduating summa cum laude from MxCC, Alex made a smooth transfer to Emerson College, a private institution in downtown Boston. He earned a bachelor of science in political science in 2010.
While in Boston, Alex bartended and worked his way up in restaurant management roles, but wanted to get back to Connecticut to be near his family. Then came the Main Street pub in Colchester and the establishment of Inishmor, a blend of his college and restaurant leadership experience—with a dash of European travel—that now serves up award-winning Irish cuisine in a community pub atmosphere.
“Take advantage of the opportunities in college. Not because you have to but to gain knowledge and experience,” said Alex. “I never had so many professors help me than while I was at Middlesex. They really do care.”
The Inishmor Pub, located at 20 Main Street in Colchester, continues to bring acknowledgement to Alex’s passion for cooking with awards from Connecticut Magazine, Buzz Feed, among others. Find out more at inishmorepub.com.