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.