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: Mondrian South Beach, Shelborne South Beach, Gale South Beach, Bentley South Beach, and Raffaello Chicago; nightlife venues: DrumBar Chicago, Bodega South Beach and Ricky’s South Beach; and dine-in or delivery service restaurants: Pizza Bar South Beach, Bodega South Beach, Halves & Wholes, and Ricky’s.
Since the beginning, elevating the guest experience has been our true mission at Menin Hospitality.Keith Menin | Principal
Principal of Menin Hospitality, Keith Menin, is 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 is also providing new distinctive experiences for today’s discerning traveler.
With family roots deeply embedded in South Florida’s hotel industry since the pivotal 1920’s, Miami-born Keith began to learn the fundamentals of a hotelier at a young age. Keith began his hospitality career at 15 years of age while tending the front desk of Shelborne South Beach. His uncle and mentor Russell Galbut was operating the hotel at that time and took him under his wing, exposing him to the regimen of a hotel operator by way of the family business – Crescent Heights, one of the nation’s largest developers and marketers of high-rise, multifamily housing and hotels.
Keith enrolled in the prestigious hotel school Cornell University and upon graduation joined forces with his cousin Jared Galbut who shared in a similar vision for their future within the hotel industry. Before the age of 25, they acquired Sanctuary South Beach and focused their dynamic energy into successfully reinventing the property into a chic 30-room, all-suite boutique hotel and flawlessly executing a luxury, jet setter guest experience.
This opened their eyes to see a niche-market of boutique hotels that not only gave Keith and Jared pride in such prized and often historic properties, but also to see the demand for this hotel model grow in Miami Beach. The duo formed Menin Hospitality and began evolving at an incredible pace. They redeveloped esteemed properties including Bentley South Beach, Shelborne South Beach and Gale South Beach.
Menin Hospitality most recently began managing Shelborne South Beach and Mondrian South Beach, adding two of Miami’s most precious water front properties to their portfolio – one beachfront and one bayside with a vast view of Downtown Miami.
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: Mondrian South Beach, Bentley South Beach, Gale South Beach, Kaskades Suites at Gale South Beach, Shelborne South Beach, and Raffaello Chicago; nightlife scenes: Bodega Taqueria & Tequila, Ricky’s South Beach, Drumbar Chicago and Radio Bar South Beach; as well as its restaurants, which include: Pizza Bar South Beach and Halves & Wholes.