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BR Guest

Headquarters: 315 Park Avenue South, 13th floor
New York, NY 10010
Employees: 1,000
President and CEO: James Gersten

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Privately held

BR Guest Hospitality operates 25 high-end restaurants and bars. Most are located in New York City with a few locations in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Ft. Lauderdale.

The restaurants include: Atlantic Grill, Bill's Bar and Burger, Blue Fin, Dos Caminos, Isabella's and Strip House.

The company has over $100 million in revenues and is half-owned by investment firm Starwood Capital.

Starwood Capital Group is a private, U.S.-based investment firm with a core focus on global real estate. Starwood Capital Group currently has over $22 billion of assets under management.


Stephen Hanson is the founder and president of BR Guest. The company was born in 1987 when he opened the Coconut Grill restaurant on the Upper East Side of New York City. In the early 1970s, Stephen had cut his teeth as a maitre d' at the the original TGI Friday's. Stephen's career has spanned industries as diverse as fashion manufacturing, commodities trading, nightclubs, and, of course, now, hospitality.

Blue Water Grill opened in Union Square in NYC in 1996.

Ruby Foo restaurant opened on the Upper West Side in 1999 and a Times Square location in 2000.

BR Guest sells a 50% stake to Starwood Capital for $150 million in 2007.


The company offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, flexible spending, 401(k), dining benefits, paid time off, and much more!

Updated September 26, 2016

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