DANNY MEYER’S UNION SQUARE HOSPITALITY GROUP TO PARTNER WITH KING & GROVE NEW YORK HOTEL
New Restaurant from Chef Nick Anderer to Open in 2014
October 8, 2013, New York — Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) has partnered with King & Grove Hotels to conceive and operate the food and beverage program at King & Grove New York, the iconic Martha Washington Hotel, built in 1903 and located at 29 East 29th Street. The food and beverage operations will be anchored by a new restaurant helmed by Maialino’s Executive Chef and Partner Nick Anderer set to open in mid-2014.
The ground floor restaurant will serve Italian cuisine and will operate continuously throughout the day, from breakfast through late night. USHG will also be responsible for creating and operating the hotel’s bar and other food and beverage concepts. Brooklyn-based architecture and design firm Workstead will design the space in collaboration with Selldorf Architects, the hotel’s acclaimed architect.
Nick Anderer will be joined by his longtime colleague, Maialino Partner and Director of Operations Terry Coughlin, who will oversee the service and front of house operations. Anderer and Coughlin will continue to run Maialino, the Roman-inspired trattoria in Gramercy Park that USHG opened in 2009. Nick Anderer said, “We can’t wait to become part of the fabric of a growing food and beverage scene in this thriving neighborhood. Together with King & Grove, we will create an energetic and welcoming gathering place for New Yorkers and visitors alike.”
The restaurant represents a new addition to King & Grove’s expanding food and beverage initiatives, which includes The Elm at King & Grove Williamsburg. King & Grove Hotels CEO Ed Scheetz said, “I am thrilled to join forces with Danny Meyer and the Union Square Hospitality Group. Our ideas about service and our philosophy on hospitality are very much aligned. We share a culture of developing strong collaborations and team spirit. We’re excited to have Nick and Terry to lead the food and beverage program at King & Grove New York.”
Before opening Maialino, Anderer was the Executive Sous Chef of Gramercy Tavern, where he worked for nearly six years under the chefs Tom Colicchio and Michael Anthony. Prior to that he apprenticed in Italy, working in kitchens in both Milan and Rome, where he studied art history as a student at Columbia University. He has also worked under Mario Batali (Babbo) and Larry Forgione (An American Place). Nick appeared in Bill Buford’s bestseller, Heat, in which he was a key player in the narrative of Buford’s apprenticeship at Babbo.
Prior to opening Maialino as its General Manager, Terry Coughlin was General Manager of Tabla. Before that, Terry spent seven years as an integral part of the service team at Gramercy Tavern.
About Union Square Hospitality Group
Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) was founded by Danny Meyer and includes some of New York City’s most beloved restaurants: Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Blue Smoke, Jazz Standard, Shake Shack, The Modern, Cafe 2 and Terrace 5 (located at the Museum of Modern Art), Maialino, Untitled at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and North End Grill. The company also includes Union Square Events, a catering, sports, and events business, and Hospitality Quotient, a learning business empowering companies to transform their business through the power of hospitality. Each USHG restaurant is lovingly hand crafted and distinctive, and each strives to distinguish itself for warm hospitality and consistent excellence. Danny, his restaurants and chefs have earned an unprecedented 25 James Beard Awards, including: Outstanding Restaurant of the Year; Outstanding Service; Outstanding Wine Service; Humanitarian of the Year; Who’s Who of Food & Beverage; and Best Restaurant Design. Union Square Cafe and Gramercy Tavern are perennially ranked on the top of the ‘Most Popular’ list in the Zagat Survey, with Union Square Cafe holding the #1 spot nine times.
Actively involved in the community, USHG and its employees are committed to extending its enlightened hospitality beyond the walls of its restaurants. The company supports an array of hunger relief organizations including Share Our Strength and City Harvest, along with civic organizations such as NYC & Company, Union Square Partnership, and the Madison Square Park Conservancy.
About King & Grove
King & Grove is a lifestyle hotel group that currently encompasses Ruschmeyer’s in Montauk, King & Grove New York, King & Grove Williamsburg, and the upcoming restoration of Hotel Chelsea. In August 2013, Ed Scheetz, successful financier and hotel industry veteran, acquired the interests of his former partners in order to relaunch and grow the King & Grove Hotel Group. Scheetz will steer the creative vision for the King & Grove portfolio with a new approach to hospitality and community.
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