Tim Petrillo wanted Rooftop to be more than its view. Its location is prime—in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, surrounded by the city’s skyline—but Petrillo didn’t want to rest on the scenic backdrop. If he were to put up curtains around the outdoor bar, would there still be a line snaking around the corner? “That’s how we approached it,” says Petrillo, co-founder and CEO of The Restaurant People. “When you take the curtains down, [the view] becomes an added benefit.”
When The Restaurant People began in the mid-’90s with a single Himmarshee spot, the Fort Lauderdale restaurant scene looked quite different than it does today. More than two decades later, the city’s culinary tastes have grown – and so has TRP.
On Wednesday, April 19th Ocean Drive magazine’s Publisher, Courtland Lantaff along with Tim Petrillo, and Peggi Fucci hosted an exclusive dinner experience at Boatyard drawing an elite mix of Ft. Lauderdale notables and VIPs. Guests mingled and toasted the evening on the water with cocktails courtesy of Breakthru Beverage and savored a specially curated menu by The Restaurant People co-founder and culinary director, Executive Chef Peter Boulukos.
Restaurateurs Elliot Wolf and Tim Petrillo sit down with us to discuss why Fort Lauderdale is their ideal dining scene.
Craft Beer Cartel and Riverside Market cofounders Julian and Lisa Seigel (front) have partnered with Native Brewing’s Adam Fine and the Restaurant People to open New River Brewing in Fort Lauderdale.