Highly respected restaurant and hospitality executive to lead firm’s restaurant and dining efforts nationally and identify expansion opportunities for Related-invested restaurant brands
Related Companies today announced that restaurant industry veteran Ron Parker has been named CEO of Related Restaurant Group, the restaurant and dining-focused enterprise of Related Urban, the mixed-use arm of Related Companies. In the newly created position, Mr. Parker will oversee the management and curation of the company’s growing collection of culinary experiences across Related’s large-scale mixed-use properties, including Time Warner Center and Hudson Yards in New York; CityPlace in West Palm Beach; The Grand in Los Angeles; and Related Santa Clara in Santa Clara, California. Mr. Parker will also direct the company’s restaurant investment portfolio, identifying new strategic investment opportunities and positioning existing restaurant investments for expansion within and beyond Related properties.
“Restaurants are a key ingredient in the heart and soul of our properties—the cornerstones of daily routines, gathering places for milestone celebrations and often the first introduction to visitors,” said Stephen M. Ross, chairman of Related Companies. "Ron Parker is the best in the business and this new role, solely dedicated to culinary experiences, supports our investments in the cities and communities of the future. Ron’s extensive experience building some of the most distinguished restaurant brands in the U.S. makes him ideally suited to lead our efforts and join our extraordinarily talented team.”
Kenneth A. Himmel, restaurateur and president and CEO of Related Urban, said, “Related properties are synonymous with great dining experiences—restaurants from the world’s leading culinary talent that consistently deliver outstanding food and service. Ron’s background managing and developing top restaurants from launch through geographic and category expansions will position us to continuously grow the brands in our portfolio and more advantageously support our culinary partners.”
Related developments feature restaurants from acclaimed chefs including Thomas Keller, David Chang, Masa Takayama, Michael Lomonaco, José Andrés and Costas Spiliadis.
“The collection of chefs, restaurateurs and dining experiences that Related has curated across their properties is unrivaled anywhere in the world,” said Ron Parker. “I am inspired by their commitment to community building in every aspect of the destinations they create and look forward to working with them to identify new opportunities to amplify and complement their hospitality brands.”
Mr. Parker joins Related Companies after more than a decade at Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) where he most recently served as chief operating officer. In this role, he led strategic expansion of USHG restaurants and businesses. He also oversaw restaurant operations, business development, facilities management, construction and catering across the USHG portfolio. Prior to being promoted to chief operating officer, Mr. Parker held senior leadership positions at USHG overseeing management, operations, launches and expansion of some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the portfolio as well as leading Union Square Events. Before joining USHG, Mr. Parker was the director of operations for Restaurant Associates’ Sports & Entertainment division, overseeing the US Open, Indian Wells Tennis and Breeders Cup Racing events.
Related Companies is a global real estate and lifestyle company defined by innovation and the most prominent privately owned real estate firm in the United States. Formed over 40 years ago, Related is a fully-integrated, highly diversified industry leader with experience in virtually every aspect of development, acquisitions, management, finance, marketing and sales. Headquartered in New York City, Related has offices and major developments in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, South Florida, Washington, D.C., Abu Dhabi and London, and boasts a team of over 3,800 professionals. With over $50 billion in assets owned or under development including the 28-acre Hudson Yards neighborhood development on Manhattan’s West Side, and The Grand and Related Santa Clara in California. Related was recently named to Fast Company Magazine’s list of the 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World. Related also owns Equinox® Fitness Clubs and SoulCycle further expanding the company's capabilities into the health and fitness arena and enhancing the value of its properties through an exclusive, branded amenity and lifestyle offering. For more information about Related, please visit www.related.com.