Oliver & Bonacini teams up with Charles Khabouth’s company to take over Stock and Suits at the Trump
We won’t be surprised if every downtown hotspot is consolidated under a single mother-corp by 2015, judging by recent trends. The latest power move came yesterday, when Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants and INK Entertainment, the company founded by nightlife impresario Charles Khabouth, announced a collaborative deal to manage all food-related operations at the Trump. You’ll remember the Trump from being downtown’s tallest and shiniest condo-hotel, as well as its most beleaguered, thanks to a multi-million-dollar lawsuit launched by disgruntled investors.
The new League of Extraordinary Businessmen is a muscular one: Oliver & Bonacini own Canoe, Auberge du Pommier, Jump, Biff’s Bistro, Bannock, Luma and O&B Canteen—a culinary power-roster matched only by INK, which owns Patria, Weslodge and La Société, not to mention half the city’s clubs, including Guvernment, Koolhaus and Cabana Pool Bar. While the agreement extends to in-room dining, the Suits lounge and penthouse restaurant Stock, no big conceptual changes are on the immediate horizon.