631.864.7400 • outback.com • 216 Jericho Tpke., Commack
Georgios Michailidis, known to his patrons as “George,” was born in Limassol, Cyprus, and came to the United States in 2000. He received his bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Saint Francis College, but his love for the restaurant business inspired him to change direction. Since October of 2016, Georgios has been the Managing Partner of Outback Steakhouse located in Commack’s Mayfair Shopping Center.
Georgios wanted to join a company that appreciated their employees, and Outback had the right formula, offering everything he dreamed of and more. He tells ET that he is passionate about food and people and Outback’s beliefs correlate exactly with his own. His mission to build a fun and inclusive environment that values customers. Outback aims to be a favorite place to eat, drink, relax, and spend quality time with friends and family.
Working alongside two other managers, George and his team are full of passion and constantly looking to better what a dining experience should be. Manager Jason Whitley has been with Outback for nine years, having started as a bartender in the East Setauket location. When he was promoted to manager last year, he did his training at the Commack location and fell in love with the team.
Bryan McDermott, another member of the managerial team, has been at Outback since 2008. He started as a bus boy and worked his way up the ladder, becoming a manager in 2017. Bryan considers Outback of Commack as family and strives to extend that feeling to customers. He says, “Not only do we serve great food and drinks, but we offer memorable service that is hard to find elsewhere. It truly does feel like home, whether you come to work or to dine.” Since joining the Commack team four years ago, Bryan says, “Georgios has mentored me and has helped me grow not only as a manager, but as a man. He’s not just my boss, he’s my family. We take pride in building a family-oriented atmosphere where our employees love to come to work and our guests continue to return due to our genuine and welcoming service.”
Outback offers lunch and dinner seven days a week and partner with DoorDash and Uber Eats to offer delivery services. They have daily specials for guests that eat at the bar and are now offering Catering for all venues and occasions, from businesses to house parties. Georgios says their catering menu is “unique to satisfy everyone.”
When it comes to servicing customers, Georgios’s philosophy is to “treat every guest the same way you would treat somebody visiting your home for the first time.” It’s no surprise that customers have remarked on the team’s warm hospitality. Outback also embraces opportunities to give back to the community. They are involved in local schools, churches, and scout troops, and often host fundraising events. They are heavily involved with the Nassau Suffolk Autism Society as well.
You can count on Outback Steakhouse of Commack for a delicious meal and consistently generous and welcoming service from the whole staff.