This year, Restaurant Hospitality collected the 25 most powerful multiconcept operators across the country, or what we call the RH 25. With this list, there is no ranking. All 25 are powerful, and all 25 are companies to watch. See all concepts >>
HQ: New York
Leadership: Jean-Georges Vongerichten, chef and proprietor; Phil Suarez, partner and founder; Lois Freedman, president
U.S. Concepts: ABC Cocina, ABC Kitchen, ABCV, Jean-Georges, Nougatine at Jean-Georges, Terrace at Jean-Georges, Jojo, Louis,
Perry St., Public Kitchen, Simply Chicken, The Mark, The Mercer Kitchen, Prime Steakhouse, Jean-Georges Steakhouse, Matador Room, Market at Edition, Tropicale, Jean-Georges at Topping, Rose House, Le Dock,
The Inn at Pound Ridge, Jean-Georges Beverly Hills, The Rooftop by JG
International concepts: Dune, Café Martinique, Tangara Jean-Georges, Mercato, Jean-Georges at The Connaught, Market, Sand Bar,
On the Rocks, JG Tokyo, Seared, Suviche, The Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar, Jean-Georges Kitchen
Group systemwide sales: Not disclosed
What’s new: Jean-Georges at the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills, Calif.; Jean-Georges at The Connaught in London; Public Kitchen in the Public Hotel in New York
The go-to group for top hotels
If there is a chef sought after for opening in splashy hotels, it is Jean-Georges Vongerichten, whose group operates concepts in top properties around the world.
Earlier this year, Jean-Georges at the Waldorf Astoria opened in Beverly Hills, Calif., the chef’s first West Coast venue.
He also opened Jean-Georges at The Connaught, the iconic hotel in London’s Mayfair area.
And in June, the new Public Hotel by Ian Schrager also debuted in New York, with Vongerichten’s Public Kitchen as the primary dining destination.
The original Jean-Georges is located in the Trump Hotel in New York, and frequented by the president.
Jean-Georges Management also has Prime Steakhouse at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, with Jean-Georges Steakhouse at the Aria Resort & Casino just down the Strip. In Dubai, Jean-Georges Kitchen is in the Four Seasons.
But the group doesn’t just do hotels.
This year, Vongerichten opened his first all-vegetarian concept, ABCV, with chef de cuisine Neal Harden.
On the menu are trendy dishes like avocado toast and congee. But the restaurant skips fake-meat alternatives meant to simulate things like burgers or chicken tenders, instead letting the vegetables shine on their own merit.
Next year, Vongerichten is reportedly planning to open a 7,300-square-foot casual restaurant and a 50,000-square-foot seafood market in the Tin Building next to Pier 17, former home of the old Fulton Fish Market in South Street Seaport in Manhattan.