Michael Stillman

Quality Branded

As the son of one of the country’s leading restaurateurs, Michael Stillman grew up with a unique vantage point on the inner workings of the industry. Michael learned from a young age how artful design, quality ingredients, and creative marketing all play a critical role in attracting and retaining a loyal clientele.

After graduating from Brown University with a double degree in Modern and Contemporary Painting and African-American Political Theory, Michael worked for the acclaimed Union Square Hospitality Group before learning the business of The Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group from the ground up.

After stints in the restaurants’ kitchens and purchasing departments, Michael played a critical role in the opening of the Smith & Wollensky restaurants in Houston, Dallas, and Boston. During openings, Michael participates in staff recruitment and training, menu development, and operations. Michael led the creation and execution of every aspect of Quality Meats, Park Avenue, as well as the group’s newest project, The Hurricane Club.

When the proposed merger of The Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group closed, Michael became president of Fourth Wall Restaurants, a New York-based restaurant group that owns, manages, and develops unique restaurant concepts, including Park Avenue, Quality Meats, Maloney & Porcelli, The Post House, Smith & Wollensky New York, The Hurricane Club and Riff Raff’s.

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