NEW YORK, Dec. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- BR Guest Hospitality has purchased the Strip House steakhouse brand (www.striphouse.com) from The Glazier Group, including its New York City and Las Vegas locations, while The Glazier family will retain the Strip House locations in Key West and Naples, Fla., Houston, and Livingston, N.J. With the transition of ownership as of Monday, December 5th, BR Guest Hospitality plans to keep all current systems in place and the over one hundred and twenty employees presently working at the New York and Las Vegas locations. We also welcome the return of Corporate Executive Chef John Schenk, famed meat-man and Buffalo native, who has directed Strip House since 2004, and will join the BR Guest team to spearhead culinary operations for the steakhouse.
"The Glaziers have been longtime friends and colleagues of mine, and have built an impressive brand that I am excited to make part of the BR Guest Family. We also look forward to expanding Strip House Restaurants into other key U.S. cities," said Stephen Hanson, President and Founder of BR Guest Hospitality, which includes neighborhood favorites like Dos Caminos, Bill's Bar & Burger, Atlantic Grill, and kibo Japanese Grill.
Strip House, which opened in New York City in 2000, is widely considered one of the best steakhouses in the country. With a loyal customer base and following, the restaurants are known for combining perfectly charred cuts of steak with signature, decadent side dishes along with infamous interiors featuring siren-red decor and old-world glamour. Opened in 2000, Strip House is often credited with introducing the concept of the modern steakhouse by adding a stylish and sophisticated aesthetic stemming from its original Greenwich Village location. The double entendre name refers to the restaurant's signature cut of steak and to the series of early 1900's Studio Manasse black and white nudes that adorn the walls.
Among Strip House's accolades, Strip House was named "one of New York's top steakhouses" by Zagat 2012 and 2011, awarded four stars by Forbes2011All-Star Eateries in N.Y., deemed Critics Pick by NY Mag, and dubbed Frommers.com's choice for "perfectly charred and seasoned red meat". In 2010, TheNew York Times reviewer Sam Sifton awarded Strip House two stars and praised it's evolution since opening a decade earlier, writing: "the food is generally marvelous, the steak often superb."
About BR Guest Hospitality
Since opening its first restaurant in 1987, BR Guest Hospitality President and Founder Stephen Hanson and his team have redefined the restaurant experience through an emphasis on hospitality and quality. Current BR Guest properties in New York City include Atlantic Grill, Atlantic Grill at Lincoln Center, Bill's Bar & Burger Meatpacking District, Bill's Bar & Burger Rockefeller Center, Blue Fin, Blue Water Grill, Dos CaminosMeatpacking District, Dos Caminos Park, Dos Caminos Soho, Dos Caminos Third, Isabella's, kibo Japanese Grill, Ocean Grill, Strip House, Primehouse New York, Ruby Foo's, Wildwood Barbeque, 1920 Bunker Club, and 675 Bar. Other BR Guest locations include Fiamma Trattoria in the MGM Grand and Strip House in Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino; Dos Caminos Fort Lauderdale at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel; and Dos Caminos and Bill's Bar & Burger at Harrah's Resort and Atlantic Grill at Caesars Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. In 2007, BR Guest reinforced its commitment to the environment by becoming the first national multi-concept restaurant group to be certified green by the Green Restaurant Association™. BR Guest's commitment to service and hospitality is also evident through its dedication of time and resources to community-based organizations including City-Meals-On-Wheels, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Publicolor Board Member, PENCIL, and The James Beard Foundation. Founder Stephen Hanson is a member of the Department of Consumer Affairs' Consumers Council for New York City. For more information, visit: www.brguesthospitality.com.
Commitment to excellence in food and service in a multitude of landmark venues has been The Glazier Group trademark since they opened in 1985. Upscale operators of a boutique family-run restaurant and catering company, Peter, Penny and Mathew Glazier's portfolio includes Strip House and Michael Jordan's The Steak House N.Y.C. as well as premier special event locations Bridgewaters, Twenty Four Fifth, The Reach Resort and the Westminster Hotel which offer a variety of options for full-service catering and events. Committed to the local communities in all their markets, the Glaziers are active members of Citymeals-on-Wheels, City Harvest, The Children's Hearing Institute, NYC & Company and its Restaurant Committee.