A management and consulting company for the hospitality and spirit industries
A great idea is a good start. On its merit alone you can launch your concept, gain media attention and public affection.
However, without careful planning, even the best ideas can fall short of your aspirations. That’s where R&D Hospitality comes in. We’re a management and consulting company for the spirits and hospitality industries. Our focus is on innovation and sustainable practices.
Gallery photo credit: Dean Hurst
Bars & Restaurants
Dean Hurst | Owner
Dean Hurst has spent the past 30 years in the hospitality industry, and his experience ranges from short-order cook to fine dining management. Hurst most recently served as the Director of Spirits for Haven, which boasts a whisk(e)y list of over 450 selections. The Bern’s Steakhouse Group – including SideBern’s Restaurant, Haven Restaurant, and the Epicurean Hotel – has been Hurst’s home for the past 16 years. Career highlights include several award-winning cocktails; the development of a signature solera-style bourbon unique to Haven; and the culmination of a 2-year effort to create a rare Scotch whisky blend for Bern’s with Compass Box Whisky. In April 2016, Hurst left the Bern’s group to embark on a new endeavor, R&D Hospitality.
The creation of R&D Hospitality allows for a more diverse portfolio of projects providing management and consultation for the hospitality and spirits industries. Building bar programs, managing spirits portfolios and developing new product lines are currently underway. Bern’s Steak House remains a client.