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Going Gale

“Fort Lauderdale comes to Miami sometimes – but this is going to be the opposite. Miami is going to Fort Lauderdale to get away from it all,” says Jared Galbut, the managing principal of Menin Hospitality.

Galbut and business partner/cousin Keith Menin are bringing their South Beach swagger to the 954. The pair is helping reincarnate the old Escape Hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach into a second Gale hotel. They will eventually manage the hotel and its food and beverage outlets when it opens in late 2017. 

As we sip coffee together at the Gale South Beach, Galbut says his group looks for buildings with a “past,” and admits he was instantly drawn to the Escape Hotel, which was built in 1948, because it mirrored the story behind the current Gale.

“It’s a two- to three-story property located right behind the W in Fort Lauderdale,” Galbut says. “It was a hotel and then a nursing home for awhile, which is the same story as the Gale South Beach.” 

If you haven’t been to the Gale South Beach, it’s an 87-room boutique hotel that Menin Hospitality took great care to restore to its original art deco history while mixing in modern conveniences. Galbut proudly points out the black-and-white photos of the old hotel that line the walls, along with pictures of his own family, which has deep roots in developing Miami Beach for more than 80 years. The Gale’s signature Italian restaurant, Dolce, just won Bravo TV’s “Best New Restaurant,” while its lounge, Rec Room, is a frequent celebrity hangout. Galbut says the new Fort Lauderdale property will tell its own story.

“The 96-room hotel will have a similar look and feel to the Gale South Beach, but adapted a little more to the Fort Lauderdale lifestyle and history,” Galbut says. “For us, it’s a little more nautical, a little more beachy, a little more relaxed.”

Galbut believes his company knows how to pinpoint what’s missing in a certain market and fill that void. With successes like Radio Bar and Bodega Taqueria in South Beach, the homegrown hotelier says Fort Lauderdale is ripe and ready for more places to dine and party. 

“We are going to be opening up five to seven food and beverage outlets and nightlife venues over the next three years in Fort Lauderdale,” says Galbut. “We’ve got some really interesting concepts that we’re coming up with, something really different that hasn’t been seen in the area.” ?

 

This Just In: Menin Hospitality has taken over the food and beverage outlets at Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach, where there are plans to renovate the resort and marina. 

 

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.