AvroKO Restaurant Group
PUBLIC is owned and operated by the AvroKO Hospitality Group, comprised of design and concept firm, AvroKO, and partner Dan Rafalin. The Group also owns PUBLIC’s neighboring cocktail lounge, The Daily, as well as Saxon + Parole and Madam Geneva at Bowery and Bleecker Street, and The Thomas & Fagiani’s Bar at The Thomas, the group’s latest project located in Napa, CA.
AvroKO is an award-winning, multidisciplinary design and concept firm based in New York City. The four partners – William Harris, Greg Bradshaw, Kristina O’Neal and Adam Farmerie – each bring a unique vision to their multi-faceted design mission, and have created everything from restaurants and hotels to furniture, food, books, and even fashion. The firm has worked with some of the most prominent names in the restaurant and hospitality industries and in addition has launched its own “self-propelled projects,” the first of which was PUBLIC. The team released Best Ugly, its first book, published by HarperCollins. AvroKO is currently at work on design projects worldwide.
Dan has been immersed in the culinary world from the beginning of his career when he received a Grande Diplome in Culinary Arts from The French Culinary Institute. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Food Management from New York University and worked as the financial and business analyst for the Clark Wolf Company, a New York-based food, restaurant and hospitality consulting firm before joining forces with AvroKO to form AvroKO Hospitality Group.
Alongside Dan’s passion for the restaurant business is a commitment to guiding the next generation of professionals. Dan is an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Department of Nutrition and Food Studies Masters Program, where he teaches Managerial Accounting and is on the faculty of The French Culinary Institute where he teaches management and leadership in the schools Restaurant Management Program. He is a frequent guest speaker on the topics of restaurant development and operations for the American Institute of Wine and Food, The French Culinary Institute, New York University, Tufts University, and Columbia University.