Sean Feeney, Lilia and Misi; plus Jeff Gordinier, Hungry
On today's episode of All in the Industry®, host Shari Bayer's guest is Sean Feeney, co-owner of Lilia and Misi restaurants in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with chef Missy Robbins. Sean began his career on Wall Street, working at big firms, including Cantor Fitzgerald, Goldman Sachs, and Anchorage Capital. In 2008, he and his wife moved to a building on Grove Street in the West Village—the same building where Missy Robbins, then a chef at A Voce, resided. And the rest is history! After Hurricane Sandy connected them, and Sean saw Missy's skills up close, he knew she had the talent to helm a blockbuster restaurant and decided to go all in to support her. While continuing to work in finance, Sean joined Missy and her team to build Lilia, a New York Times three-star, James Beard Award-winning restaurant. With the opening of their second restaurant, Misi, another 3-star restaurant, he moved into restaurant operations full-time. Today's show also features Shari's PR tip, Speed Round, and surprise guest, Jeff Gordinier, food and drinks editor at Esquire, to discuss his new book, Hungry, a nonfiction book about risk, reinvention, and road-tripping with René Redzepi, the acclaimed chef at Noma in Copenhagen. Plus, Shari shares her Solo Dining experience at Billy Durney's Red Hook Tavern, a new restaurant backed by Sean and Missy in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Listen at Heritage Radio Network; subscribe/rate/review our show at iTunes, Stitcher or Spotify. Follow us @allindustry. Thanks for being a part of All in the Industry®!
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