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Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group Announces  Joe O’Brien as National Director of Operations

Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group Announces Joe O’Brien as National Director of Operations

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BOSTON (April 11, 2013)—Joe O’Brien has been appointed the national director of operations for the Boston-based Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group. In this role, O’Brien will be responsible for operations and the overall management of the company’s nine locations, including the supervision of general managers, front-of-house and back-of-house quality standards.
“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 with responsibilities for 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 overseeing openings and operations of properties in New York City; Reno, Nev.; Washington, D.C.; Dallas; 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. I’m certain we’ll be furthering the guest experience, advancing the brand and growing our teams. I’m absolutely thrilled to contribute.”

About Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group
Since its establishment in 1977 as America’s premier fine dining steakhouse, Smith & Wollensky has been committed to delivering unparalleled hospitality and the best USDA Prime steaks, dry-aged for tenderness and flavor and hand cut on-premise daily. 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. The acclaimed wine list, rich ambiance and exceptional service are designed to provide guests with a truly memorable steakhouse experience. Smith & Wollensky has received numerous local and national awards, including the “Grand Award of Excellence” from WINE SPECTATOR® and the “Award of Excellence” from Distinguished Restaurants of North America. To learn more about the Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, visit