Distinctive Experiences - is a reflection of Menin Hospitality's diverse property portfolio and the uniquely warm and friendly approach to guest service.
Among the childhood memories of cousins Keith Menin and Jared Galbut is a family chore: tending the front desk of their uncle’s Shelborne South Beach. With exposure to the regimen of a hotel operator by way of the family business, the cousins shared similar vision for their future in the hospitality industry. In 2005, they joined forces and acquired Sanctuary South Beach and focused their dynamic energy into a successful all-suite boutique hotel. Realizing the potential of their partnership in this field, the two established Menin Hospitality.
Today their eclectic portfolio includes hotels Bentley South Beach, Gale South Beach, Kaskades Suites at Gale South Beach, Raffaello Chicago and Sanctuary South Beach; nightlife venues Drumbar Chicago and Radio Bar South Beach; and dine-in or delivery service Bodega Taqueria y Tequila South Beach, Pizza Bar South Beach, and Red Ginger. Additional openings in 2016 include Bakehouse and Ricky’s, with further plans to expand within the U.S. and internationally in 2016.
Since the beginning, elevating the guest experience has been our true mission at Menin Hospitality.Keith Menin | Principal
There are few young visionary hoteliers who have impacted the hospitality industry the way Principal of Menin Hospitality, Keith Menin has. Recognized as a leader in the new generation of hoteliers, Keith’s rapidly expanding portfolio of acclaimed destinations is not only pioneering the modern day preservation of historic properties, but also providing a new distinctive experience for today’s discerning traveler.
With family roots embedded in South Florida’s hotel industry, Keith began to learn the fundamentals of hotel operations at 15 when he started his hospitality career at tending the front desk of Shelborne South Beach. At the time, his uncle and mentor Russell Galbut, managing partner of Crescent Heights®, one of the nation’s largest developers, was operating the hotel and took Keith under his wing exposing him to the hotel industry. Keith then enrolled in the prestigious hotel school at Cornell University and upon graduation joined forces with his cousin, Jared Galbut, who shared a similar vision for their future within hospitality. The duo formed Menin Hospitality and began to expand rapidly.
Menin Hospitality’s eclectic portfolio spans throughout South Florida and Chicago offering upscale lodging, lifestyle restaurants and nightlife venues, as well as a division dedicated to independent projects focusing on art and culture. Menin Hospitality currently owns and operates Bentley South Beach, Gale South Beach, Kaskades Suites at Gale South Beach, Raffaello Chicago and Sanctuary South Beach; nightlife venues Drumbar Chicago and Radio Bar South Beach; and restaurants Bodega Taqueria and Tequila, Pizza Bar South Beach, Red Ginger and soon to open, Bake House.
We are thrilled at the positive growth of the company and the opportunity to bring the authentic concepts to more neighborhoods both within our South Florida community and beyond.
Jared Galbut, Managing Principal of Menin Hospitality, was literally born into the industry as the nephew of Russell Galbut, founder of Crescent Heights®, one of the nation’s largest developers of high-rise, multifamily housing and hotels in Miami Beach. Jared started in the business at the early age of 15, working in acquisitions which later led him through school and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from University of Miami.
With an understandable love for the hospitality industry, Jared then took his skills acquired and relocated to Illinois to develop Raffaello Chicago. Throughout his role as Chicago’s youngest General Manager, Jared oversaw many of its pivotal moments during Chicago’s “build to boom” stage. While maintaining the success of this new venture, Jared sought out further opportunities in Miami Beach that naturally led to a partnership with cousin Keith Menin, also an emerging hotelier. They acquired Sanctuary South Beach and continued the momentum as Gale South Beach opened its doors. Though still keeping Chicago top-of-mind, Jared returned during the summer of 2012 for the launch of Drumbar at Raffaello Chicago, a speakeasy-style lounge with an extensive cocktail menu.
Jared boasts an intuition for hospitality development in addition to more than a decade of extensive experience in organizational and operational management. Jared has been given the ability to understand the importance of history, but look to the future as they continue to grow and expand. Presently, Jared oversees hotel properties including Bentley South Beach, Gale South Beach, Kaskades Suites at Gale South Beach, Raffaello Chicago, Sanctuary South Beach; nightlife scenes Drumbar Chicago and Radio Bar; as well as its restaurants such as Bodega Taqueria & Tequila, Red Ginger, and Pizza Bar South Beach.