Joe O’Brien joined Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group March, 2013 as the National Director of Operations. He will oversee the General Managers of all nine restaurants, while working to advance the brand and uphold the quality standards that sets Smith & Wollensky apart.
“This is an exciting time at Smith & Wollensky and as we continue to grow domestically and explore locations abroad we are pleased to have Joe join our team,” said Michael Feighery, President of the Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group. “Joe brings over 30 years of restaurant experience, which includes management of some of the finest restaurants in the county. He also has a remarkable culinary background making him invaluable to us. In addition to leading our team of General Managers, Joe will work closely with Matt King, our National Director of Culinary Development, to continue to deliver on our commitment of the finest guest dining experience.”
O’Brien’s experience includes serving as the Regional Executive Chef for China Grill Management in Las Vegas for the opening of Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, including the operations and supervision of four independent restaurants on that property. He joins Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group from Charlie Palmer Group where he served as Director of Operations, overseeing all aspects of the group’s fine dining properties, including Aureole, Charlie Palmer Steak and Dry Creek Kitchen. The position took O’Brien across the country managing openings and operations of properties in New York City; Reno, Nev.; Washington, D.C.; Dallas; Texas and throughout California.
“Smith & Wollensky has always been to me, a benchmark of engaging restaurant service and an iconic business model,” said O’Brien. “My travels continually placed me in cities where I’ve watched Smith & Wollensky’s staff members consistently approach their guests with pride—through quality in their steaks, knowledge of their wines, and sincerity in their service. The timing was right for both me and the group, and it took us no time to realize a comfortable fit for this opportunity.”
Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group is headquartered in Boston and owns and operates nine iconic Smith & Wollensky locations in Miami Beach; Chicago; Las Vegas; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Columbus, Ohio; Houston; and two restaurants in Boston. These restaurants are known for unparalleled hospitality and the best USDA Prime steaks, hand cut on-site daily. The acclaimed wine list, rich ambiance and exceptional service offer guests a truly memorable steakhouse experience.