Nearly five years after joining the Indigo Road family, Jeff Gates first helmed Colletta’s front-of-house team as general manager and recently transitioned to managing the Oak Steakhouse team, just across the sidewalk. With eleven years of restaurant experience and a passion for hospitality, Gates brings a bold energy to the Avalon gem that keeps guests coming back for more.
Born in Birmingham, Ala. and raised in Mississippi, Gates landed his first job in the restaurant industry at the age of 15, where he went on to fall in love with the hospitality industry. Since relocating to Atlanta in 2004, Gates has been busy conquering the restaurant scene little by little with stints at Ted’s Montana Grill, Twisted Taco and both Colletta and Oak in other roles, all while working towards his BARSMARTS certification. Gates joined the Colletta family in 2017 and honed his skills in several front-of-house positions before being promoted to general manager in early 2019, followed by a transition to Oak Steakhouse in fall 2019.
Outside of the restaurant, Gates enjoys attending live concerts and other music events around Atlanta, and binging his favorite Food Network shows.