A conversation with Menin Hospitality’s Keith Menin

Miami /
Jun.June 23, 2016 09:45 AM

On a typical weekend, Keith Menin can be found at a trendy new restaurant or bar, sometimes his.

Menin, a principal at Menin Hospitality, is working on more than 15 projects – bars, food and beverage concepts, and hotels, along with his cousin and managing principal Jared Galbut. Real estate is in the family for Menin, whose uncle is Crescent Heights developer Russell Galbut.

Most recently, the company took over managing the Mondrian South Beach, a Morgans hotel on the west side of Miami Beach.

Menin’s Bodega Taqueria & Tequila, at 1220 16th Street in Miami Beach, opened in early 2015, offering late-night tacos in the front and, through a walk-in refrigerator door, a speakeasy bar in the back. “We like to see what’s missing in the marketplace,” he said.

The Real Deal sat down with Menin to talk about what’s next for the hospitality firm:

Bakehouse, an American brasserie in the South-of-Fifth neighborhood of South Beach, is set to open in early July at 808 First Street. Ricky’s, a bar next to Bodega with live music and arcade games, is planned for September. And Al’s, a fast-casual eatery and bar, will open in the former Firestone property at 1575 Alton Road early next year, Menin said.

Also in South Beach, Radio Bar and Red Ginger, the latter of which closed for the summer and will reopen with a more casual menu.

Menin ventured north to Broward with the Gale in Fort Lauderdale Beach, which is set to open in early 2018.

“I know exactly what my demographic customer wants,” said Menin, who focuses on the design, branding and marketing side of the business. “We always build them as if I’m the client.”

Age: 35

House or condo? Menin lives in a house on North Bay Road.

First job: When he was 15 at the Shelborne Miami Beach, he manned the front desk with his cousin.

Education: Cornell University School of Hotel Administration

You may not know: He loves Italian custom-made white dress shirts and Italian espadrilles.


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Michael S. Liebowitz and Russell Galbut (Linkedin, iStock)

Oversubscribed: Russell Galbut and Michael Liebowitz’s SPAC raises $115M

Oversubscribed: Russell Galbut and Michael Liebowitz’s SPAC raises $115M
Michael S. Liebowitz and Russell Galbut (Linkedin)

Russell Galbut and partner launch blank check company, plan to raise $100M

Russell Galbut and partner launch blank check company, plan to raise $100M
Placeholder image

Miami board approves plans for Related, Crescent Heights towers and rejects Melo’s proposal

Miami board approves plans for Related, Crescent Heights towers and rejects Melo’s proposal
Jon Paul Perez and Russell Galbut with renderings of the projects

Related, Crescent Heights and Melo Group seek approval for Miami projects

Related, Crescent Heights and Melo Group seek approval for Miami projects
From left: Jorge Pérez, Stuart Miller, Craig Robins, Louise Sunshine, and Russell Galbut,(Credit: Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

Here are the South Florida real estate players who donated to candidates in 2020

Here are the South Florida real estate players who donated to candidates in 2020
Russell Galbut, Mondrian South Beach

Mondrian South Beach unit owners sue condo association and companies tied to Russell Galbut, alleging securities fraud

Mondrian South Beach unit owners sue condo association and companies tied to Russell Galbut, alleging securities fraud
Keith Menin and 2318 North Bay Road

Keith Menin sells waterfront North Bay Road mansion for $24M

Keith Menin sells waterfront North Bay Road mansion for $24M
Shelborne South Beach

Shelborne South Beach unit owners lose appeal contesting $30M in assessments

Shelborne South Beach unit owners lose appeal contesting $30M in assessments
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...