NCRLA:Stars of the Industry

Congratulations Jim McGovern:
NCRLA Manager of the Year


Much like the previous Restaurant Manager of the Year winner, Jim McGovern from the Angus Barn redefines what it is to be the best General Manager in the country.

Since he became General Manager at one of North Carolina most iconic restaurants in 2004, Jim’s focus each and every day has been on his employees, guests and our community....in that order. His ability to focus on product excellence, extraordinary hospitality and bottom-line healthy growth is amazing.

Since he began, he has been an integral part of the development and creation of our 2nd Wine Cellar dining room, the Pavilion, Bay 7, the Meat Locker and our Saloon at the Angus Barn.

His leadership overseeing more than 400 employees has been exceptional with some of the lowest turnover rates in the industry. During Jim’s tenure we have more than doubled in volume, serving more than 325,000 guests per year. His leadership during Covid has been relentless, helping to make sure that more than 300 of our employees stayed gainfully employed throughout the crisis.

Steve and Van, owners of the Angus Barn, say that Jim has that natural ability to look at everything from a "worms eye to Gods eye".... the littlest detail to big picture stuff.

He is always available today and always looking ahead towards tomorrow. He treats everyone - staff, guests and vendors with incredible thoughtfulness, respect and dignity. Jim is blessed with an incredible wife, Julia and a perfect daughter, Katie Scott... Jim is so much more than his title, he is an incredible partner and friend.

Click here to view Jim's acceptance speech