A beloved member of the Fifth Group family for over three years, Alex Squire is passionate about the team he works with and the dishes he serves at Alma Cocina. Outside of work, you can find him embracing a number of creative hobbies and spending time with his family in Marietta. Visit Alex downtown at Alma for a deep dive into his favorite guacamole and salsa recipes, and get to know him below in today’s #FGRFamily spotlight!
How long have you been with Fifth Group Restaurants?
A little over three years. I started at South City Kitchen Buckhead before coming over to Alma.
How did you get into the restaurant industry?
About 10 years ago, I started at PF Chang’s as a support server and went on to expo and bartend there. I really enjoyed serving others – people are awesome.
What is your favorite part of being a part of the FGR Family?
It’s really tight-knit. There is always a group effort during busy shifts and everyone comes in with the same team mentality. I think at a lot of restaurants, you find servers with a focus on “me, me, me,” so it’s rare to find a group this close.
What’s your favorite dish at Alma?
My favorite dish right now is the Mexican white shrimp – six prawns tossed in an amazing garlic cilantro sauce. The best part of the dish is the pickled ramps because they’re only in-season for a short period of time and you can really taste how fresh everything is.
Probably the Bad & Boozy. When it comes to margaritas though, you can’t go wrong with the Just Wear Black
Where did you grow up?
I’m from Marietta. Close enough to the city to where I can easily get there, but far enough away to where it stays quiet. My friends and family all still live there, which makes things easy.
Can you share a fun fact about yourself?
Initially, I was in the music industry. My first venture as an adult was to open a music studio with a few of my friends and I ran the graphics department – mostly creating logos, album covers and flyers. The industry is pretty difficult and the people can be negative. I decided to leave and start creating my own personalized greeting cards instead. Birthdays, Valentine’s Day, graduation – you name it. Now, everyone comes to me for the happy occasions and I love when people buy my cards in order to put a smile on someone else’s face. I think that’s why I like serving, too. Just really enjoy making people smile.
What’s your favorite thing to do in Atlanta when you’re not working?
I have two kids, so you know how it goes – I like doing whatever they feel like doing. We go to the pool, we ride bikes, we all hang out together. My daughter is nine and my son will be six in September, so they’re a lot of fun.
What is your food-related guilty pleasure?
I have a sweet tooth, so probably candy. Gummies are my all-time favorite!
What is your favorite band/artist?
Today? J Cole. Maybe Kendrick Lamar. Of all time? My favorite is Lil Wayne. It’s tough to pick just one artist though.
Who is your favorite celebrity chef?
Gordon Ramsey. I like the drama and watching him yell at people.
Which three adjectives best describe you?
Energetic, particular, creative.
Who inspires you most in your career?
I gain the most inspiration from my kids – they’re the reason I do everything that I do. When we are all home together, I like cooking for them, which is a fun part of this industry.
If you could invite one person, living or dead to dinner at a Fifth Group Restaurant, where would you take them and why?
Barack Obama. Of course, I would take him to Alma – I think we would have fun.
Have you ever served any local celebs?
Arthur Blank was in Alma not too long ago. I wasn’t his server, but made sure I was running everything to his table.