About Us

Welcome to Restaurant Cleaners!

Founded in 2004 by Alvaro Merino, Restaurant Cleaners started its journey with a humble beginning, landing its first client, a small local gas station. In the beginning, it was Al and his wife Maria scrubbing the gas station floors and bathrooms. A few years later, in 2006, Alvaro pivoted to the restaurant industry, landing his first restaurant client, a renowned Times Square restaurant. With a vision to provide exceptional janitorial services to the hospitality industry, Alvaro’s dedication and passion laid the foundation for the company’s success.

In 2017, Alvaro’s son, Daniel Merino, joined the company, infusing it with new energy and fresh perspectives. With his innovative ideas and relentless drive, Daniel has propelled Restaurant Cleaners to new heights. Under his leadership, the company has experienced exponential growth, expanding its client base from a handful to over 50+ restaurants, bars, and hotels cleaned on a nightly basis.

What truly sets us apart is our team of 75+ highly skilled and dedicated cleaners. They are the backbone of our operations, ensuring that every location we service is meticulously cleaned and maintained to the highest standards. Our cleaners undergo comprehensive training and are equipped with the latest tools and techniques, enabling them to deliver exceptional results consistently. Since our inception, we have cleaned over 400+ locations, earning a reputation for excellence and reliability. Our commitment to providing top-notch service has enabled us to establish ourselves as a leader in the janitorial space.

While we initially started in New York City, in 2024, we expanded our services to Las Vegas, catering to the growing demand for our specialized cleaning solutions. Our expansion into new markets is a testament to our dedication to serving our clients wherever they may be.

At Restaurant Cleaners, we believe in building strong and lasting relationships with our clients. We understand the unique challenges faced by the hospitality industry and work closely with our clients to develop tailored cleaning programs that meet their specific needs. We take pride in our attention to detail, integrity, and commitment to excellence. Our goal is to exceed our clients’ expectations and deliver exceptional results, ensuring that their establishments are clean, hygienic, and welcoming to their patrons.

We invite you to experience the Restaurant Cleaners difference. Join us in our journey as we continue to redefine the janitorial industry and set new standards of excellence. Thank you for considering Restaurant Cleaners. We look forward to serving you and your business.


Alvaro Merino
Founder, Restaurant Cleaners


For over 15 years, Al Merino and family have been providing cleaning services to many of New York City’s top restaurants and bars.

Alvaro "Al" Merino, Founder and President of Restaurant Cleaners



Hi, I’m Al! I’m the founder and president of Restaurant Cleaners. I started this company with my wife almost 20 years ago. Just me and her, a tag-team duo. Today, I’m proud of our 60+ team members. I love coming into work and putting a smile on people’s faces. When I’m not working, you can find me on a grill or repairing watches. 

Daniel Merino, Client Relationship Manager



Hi, I’m Dan. I oversee all client and account relationships with Restaurant Cleaners to ensure each client is having the best experience possible with our company. When I’m not at the office, you can catch me playing disc golf with friends or hitting a boxing bag. 

Gloria Merino, Billing & Human Resources



Hi, I’m Gloria. I oversee the residential division of the organization. From apartments, to condos, to single family homes, I manage it all on the residential side. When I’m not working, I am a volunteer firefighter as well as a proud dog-mom. Go packers! 

Delailah Mohammed Kahn, Client Success Manager

Delailah Mohammed-Kahn

Client Success Manager

Hi, I’m Delailah. I oversee the finances of Restaurant Cleaners. I’m your point of contact for any billing related matters. 

Zahnyia Hawkins AR/AP Finance

Zahnyia Hawkins

AR/AP Finance

Coming soon

Catalina Gabino

Janitorial Manager

Hi, I’m Catalina. I’ve been with Restaurant Cleaners for over 10 years. I ensure all restaurant accounts are cleaned flawlessly every night. 

Gonzalo Castro

Janitorial Supervisor

Hi, I’m Gonzalo. I oversee our field employees and ensure quality control standards are met at each client location. 

Christino Victoria

Janitorial Supplies Driver

Hi, I’m Cristino. I ensure all client locations are properly stocked with the necessary supplies and equipment to ensure the job gets done. 



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