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Meet Our Assistant Restaurant Manager

Meet SoCal Sydney’s Assistant Manager, Joey Moussa.

With a love for food, travelling and all kinds of agave, Joey is bringing good vibes and exciting things to sunny SoCal.

Joey has been with the Applejack family for just over a year, starting his journey at The Butler in Potts Point before finding his home at SoCal. His love for travelling and meeting new people plays a big part of his role, and despite exploring other passions, he found his calling in the hospitality industry.

Keep reading more to find out more about Joey, his love for agave and the exciting addition of agave flights to SoCal’s menu.

SoCal Assistant Manager Joey Moussa


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What got you interested in the Hospitality industry and what motivates you?

My father always wanted me to work in hospitality to gain different life experiences. A friend of our family owned a bar and I had the opportunity to work there when I was 20 years old. I stayed in hospitality for close to 4 years, learning the ropes. It also gave me the opportunity to meet new people when I travelled.

I left hospitality to follow another passion, but returned 8 years later as I realised hospitality was where I belong.

I find myself constantly motivated by the excitement, atmosphere and how fun it can be. A big one for me is the connections you make with people – both staff and guests, and also creating great memories and experiences.

What are you most excited about bringing to SoCal?

I’m excited to bring a new kind of energy to SoCal, and a much larger agave focus.

We have just have introduced agave flights that I’ve been working on for a while, and they’ve been getting a great response.

There’s a lot more in the works, but you’ll just have to wait and find out!


What sparked your interest for agave?

I’ve always liked tequila. I would always have a shot with my first drink whenever I went out. However, like most I never really understood it.

When I was living in Chicago a few years ago, and I had a friend introduce me to the idea of sipping tequila. From there I went on to work in a well-known Mexican restaurant in Toronto with an extensive agave selection. I was exposed to new brands and began to understand both tequila and mezcal better.  It was around this time I also took a trip to Jalisco (where most of the world’s tequila comes from) which really cemented my love for agave.

What’s your go-to drink at SoCal?

A mezcal Tommy’s Marg is always my go-to cocktail and we do a great one at SoCal.
Our Salted Caramel Espresso Martini is also pretty wild.