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Frank Caiafa

Handle Bars NYC Inc.
Hospitality Consutin

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Brooklyn, NY 11211
United States

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Hotel and restaurant groups would benefit from my strong track record with marketing and maximizing revenue opportunities. My extensive experience enables me to anticipate and understand the needs of my clients and their concepts. Whether your existing property is ready for a marketplace pivot and refreshed identity or a new business in need of one, I can cover it all. From space layout, opening inventory and 'on-boarding' staff through opening night and beyond I will tailor a management program that aligns with your venue and vision. Please visit my website for more of my services.

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I was most recently the beverage director of the highly celebrated Peacock Alley and La Chine restaurants at The Waldorf Astoria in New York City (13.5.m combined F&B). I am also the author of 'The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book'​ (Penguin, 2016), a 2017 James Beard Foundation Award finalist and a complete update, inspired by the proprietary classic cocktail books, 'Old Waldorf Bar Days'​ (1931) and 'The Old Waldorf Astoria Bar Book'​ (1934). It was also nominated for a 2017 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award for Best New Cocktail and Bartending Book. My hospitality consulting and management enterprise, Handle Bars NYC / Global Inc, has been called upon for its expertise in a wide array of concepts. Recent past projects include The Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, MD, The Long Bar at The Waldorf Astoria Shanghai, Polo Steakhouse at the Garden City Hotel and the lauded NoHo bar, The Vault at Pfaff's among others. I was also opening beverage director of Battery Gardens in Battery Park. I have participated on many judging panels, including blind tastings of both wine and spirits along with varied sponsored cocktail competitions. My topical writing and personal recipes have been published in numerous periodicals and books including The New York Times, Wine Enthusiast, Time Out New York, among many others. I am also a proud recipient of a 2013 'Gazzer'​ Award.

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