Brian Lesser of Saint playing with paint in his home studio.
Esti Parsons, Chris Myers, and Michael Schlow of Radius playing strip poker
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Greg Den Herder and Igor Blatnik
33 Restaurant & Lounge
two suave businessmen, who met in high school in Switzerland, have much
more on their plates than "just" the impossibly hip scene at 33: Den
Herder has enjoyed immense international success in the hospitality
industry, and Blatnik is a charter member of the Boston club promoters’
Hall of Fame.
Bob the Chef’s Jazz Café
Bob the Chef’s remains one of Boston’s premier dining destinations for
hearty Southern food, the restaurant is hardly Settles’s only project.
In addition to serving on the boards of the Huntington Theatre and
Community Servings, Settles is the founding organizer of the BeanTown
Jazz Festival, which takes place on Columbus Avenue on the last
Saturday of September every year. And the list of civic organizations
that Settles is (or has been) involved with is immense.
Central Kitchen/Enormous Room
has proven to be a pioneer of sorts in the "new" Central Square, with
his charming restaurant Central Kitchen and the quirky upstairs club
the Enormous Room.
Green Street Grill
Green Street Grill has helped to define Cambridge’s (and, more
specifically, Central Square’s) funky identity for more than 20 years.
This restaurant, bar, and music club brings in an eclectic array of
patrons who all come for the one common denominator: fun.
Paul Delios, Chuck Samiotes, and Bill Galatis
also the chef/owner of Paolo’s Trattoria, is the culinary genius.
Partners Samiotes and Galatis are, respectively, the CEO and the VP of
marketing of Mezé, which has quickly established itself as one of the
hottest restaurants in Massachusetts.
Grill 23, Excelsior, and Harvest
is both a business and an operations guru who is highly respected in
the industry for his ability to help restaurants reach that mythic
to Muller, Caprice manages to blur the line between funky lounge/club
and fine-dining restaurant. It has become one of the hottest
destinations for the young pre- and post-theater crowd. Muller has long
been known as one of the most influential nightclub promoters in the
city, and he continues to work to uphold that reputation.
Buchanan’s and Ciao Bella have become Newbury Street fixtures — the
street just wouldn’t be the same without them. And Cimino’s 711
Boylston restaurant and nightclub is building momentum as a local hot
George/Rattlesnake, Parish Café, and Bukowski’s
Three entirely different concepts, three entirely different success stories — and Wilcox is the man who made it happen.
CAFCO has put up more name restaurants in Boston than any other builder. When you do great work, the clients come to you.
is known in the industry as a "chef’s best friend" because he knows
where to find the money to get new restaurants launched. Some of the
top chefs in the city are blessed to call him a partner.
Boston Restaurant Group
is the go-to guy for buying or selling a restaurant space. His name may
not be well known to the public, but trust us when we tell you that
everyone in the industry knows — and respects — Charlie Perkins.
Formaggio isn’t a restaurant, per se (although it does sell plenty of
food to go), but that doesn’t lessen Gurdal’s contribution to the
industry. He has advised many a chef on all things related to cheese,
and he runs with a pack of powerful restaurateurs.
Pigalle and Peking Tom’s
Orfaly has contributed his vision and talent to overseeing the menu at
Peking Tom’s, it is at Pigalle (which he owns with his wife, the
front-of-the-house legend Kerri Foley) that he has gained national
renown. Orfaly made his bones in some of Boston’s top kitchens, and he
has the respect of his peers because of it. We expect lasting success —
and more great things — from this talented chef.
is one of those restaurants that’s not only owned by a player —
DiFillippo — but is a place where other players come to dine, broker
deals, and be seen.
continues to be a prime meeting place for the Newbury Street crowd,
both old and young. In addition to owning and operating this iconic
restaurant, Lewis is very active on the local charity scene.
close to Todd English say he’s actually a pretty nice guy, and no one
doubts that he is a very talented chef with loads of ambition. The
Olives Group’s holdings currently include (take a deep breath): the
flagship Olives in Chuck, as well as Olives restaurants in New York,
DC, Las Vegas, Japan, and Aspen; the flagship Beacon Hill Figs, plus
five more Figs outposts in Massachusetts and New York; Bonfire and
KingFish Hall here in Boston; Tuscany at Mohegan Sun; Fish Club in
Seattle; Bluezoo at Walt Disney World; and the Todd English Restaurant
aboard the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship (and no, we’re not making that last one up).
Temple Bar, Irish Village, Redline, and Grafton Street
up, America: restaurants and bars in Ireland do not all look like
quaint little country pubs. Lee has brought the new Irish aesthetic to
Boston with his upscale, hip establishments — but don’t worry, they’ll
still pour you a proper pint of the dark stuff.
Carlos Hildago, Kasey Anton, and Felino Samson
Bomboa and Il Bico.
is both an incredibly trend-setting restaurant, and also one that feels
very familiar and comfortable. Partners Hildago and Anton, along with
chef/partner Felino Samson, have created a niche in the fine-dining
meets party-time establishment. The three have recently acquired the
Kenmore Square restaurant Il Bico — expect big things from them at this
has been in the restaurant industry since he was a pup, and his
experience and knowledge have helped catapult Saint into the
stratosphere of internationally revered nightlife establishments.
Lesser is an expert at both the nightclub and fine-dining sides of the
Chris Myers, Michael Schlow, and Esti Parsons
Radius, Great Bay, and Via Matta
this restaurant group is as talented and savvy as any in the city, what
sets Chris, Michael, and Esti apart is their incredibly hospitable,
jovial, and celebratory collective spirit — they really know how to
have a good time. These qualities are very evident in all three
restaurants, which are three of the finest in the Northeast.
Brian O’Donnell and Ed Costa Vinalia
spent many years overseeing the Boston Harbor Hotel’s food-and-beverage
program, which prepared him for the launch of Vinalia, a true shining
gem on the Boston restaurant scene. Costa excels equally at the
business and operations sides of the venture, as he is both GM and a
partner. O’ Donnell is a partner at Vinalia, among other things.