Two Restaurateurs Make Boston Business Leaders List

By Scott Kearnan  |  September 10, 2013

Those who toil in the hospitality sector tend to get short shrift when it comes to local lists about bigwig business leaders. (Real estate fat cats and financial suits tend to dominate, let's be honest.) So there's clearly something special about the two restaurant-related honorees in Boston Business Journal's just-released "40 under 40" list. The dynamic duo included Brian Piccini, owner of Boston Urban Hospitality. It's his business behind acclaimed restaurants in three different neighborhoods: Dorchester's dbar, Deuxave in Back Bay, and his latest, Boston Chops in the South End. 

Also picked by the BBJ is Big Night Entertainment Group partner Randy Greenstein, one of the honchos behind restaurant hotspots Red Lantern, Empire and Gem in Boston. (Plus Hub nightclub The Estate, and spots like Shrine at MGM Foxwoods.) 

"It's a flattering acknowledgment," says Greenstein about representing restaurants and hospitality on the list. He joked, "I especially like that I'm still eligible for this award... Since I feel like I'm still 25, I'm happy to not be over 40 quite yet." Greenstein says that without new openings, 2013 was a chance for BNEG to focus on refining its work at existing venues: launching new menus and honing regular events like Gem's Sunday party brunch and Empire's unlimited-sushi slinging Monday night Industry events. He's promising something big on the horizon, though. "Expect very big news to be announced in coming weeks," says Greenstein. "We are working on a big project that is very differeent than what you've seen from us in the past. We're also working on future projects for 2015, which is going to be a big year for us."  

Consider us teased.