As Chief Executive of Golden Age Hospitality, Jon Neidich is the owner and operator of The Happiest Hour, Slowly Shirley, Tijuana Picnic, and ACME- four distinct F&B concepts that have all been embraced by stylish, in-the-know New Yorkers.
In 2012 Neidich opened ACME, a new American restaurant helmed by Mads Refslund, a co-founder of Noma in Copenhagen. Signaling the arrival of the New Nordic food movement in New York, ACME was embraced by the public and critics alike, garnering a two-star review by Pete Wells of The New York Times. To complement the restaurant, Neidich created a subterranean hotspot, ACME Downstairs. The club was a runaway success upon opening and continues to see exponential revenue growth year over year.
In 2014, Neidich opened two new establishments, both of which were instant downtown hits. The first, Tijuana Picnic, a casual bi-level Mexican restaurant and bar, located on the Lower East Side, features non-traditional flavors and techniques for a new twist on the cuisine. For the second project, Neidich partnered with lauded mixologist Jim Kearns and opened The Happiest Hour, a whimsical watering hole located in the heart of Greenwich Village that restores a sense of fun and escapism to the cocktail bar experience with elevated drinks and graceful service. The spot has been praised for its excellent cocktails and the award-winning burger. In May 2015, in the space below The Happiest Hour, he launched Slowly Shirley, a sophisticated cocktail bar that recalls 1940s Old Hollywood glamour. In the fall of 2018, Neidich opened Recreation, a food and beverage operation at the Moxy NYC Downtown Hotel in the Financial District- a 5000 sq. ft. communal co-working space by day and a bar by night, which features one of the most advanced tap cocktail technology in the country.
Prior to founding Golden Age, Neidich spent 4 years in senior management at Hotels AB, in both hotel and F&B operations. Working very closely under the mentorship of Andre Balazs, Jon was part of the opening team at the Standard High Line, Managing The openings for all of the property’s F&B outlets, and SERVING as the Director of The Top of The Standard.
Matt Charles is the Chief Operating Officer of Golden Age Hospitality, specializing in multi-venue operations.
Matt was THE opening General Manger of The Roof at Viceroy NYC, overseeing the high-volume operation for Scott Gerber (Gerber Group). Matt went on to work for Ian Schrager on two of New York City’s most high-profile openings. Matt first served as Director of Beverage and Bars, and a member of the executive committee for The Edition NYC, which earned Four Star Forbes. During that time Matt oversaw opening operations for all of the hotel’s food and beverage venues, including working with Stephen Starr to oversee The Clocktower restaurant, which earned two stars New York Times and one Michelin star. As Director of Operations - Restaurants & Bars, and as member of the executive committee, Matt played a vital role in the opening of Public NYC, overseeing five F&B outlets grossing $45M in revenue. He worked closely on the design and construction of bars, kitchens, and BOH areas, and developed, implemented, and maintained operational systems to maximize revenue for the hotel.
Justin Reinsberg is the Director of Finance and DeVELOPMENT for Golden Age Hospitality, responsible for overseeing the group’s finance and business development plans.
Justin was most recently the Director of Finance for The Assemblage Hospitality, a co-working and extended stay hotel brand, crowdfunded with over $150 million from investors from 27 countries. In his role there, he oversaw the opening of their first two operating properties in New York from a financial standpoint. He also led the financial planning and pre-opening of the company’s third New York property as well as their first resort, in the Hudson Valley. Prior to that, Justin spent time at NeueHouse, specializing in finance, strategy, and corporate development.
As CHIEF OF STAFF, Charlie Smith leads Golden Age’s initiatives related to DeSIGN/SPECIAL PROJECTS, strategy/decision-making, research, learning, emotional intelligence, and company culture.
Charlie has played an integral role in Golden Age since joining the company in 2011. His first role within the company was as the project manager for the opening of Acme, coordinating design, construction, menu development, and the hiring of a Front of House team. When the property opened, Charlie became Operations manager and continued to provide vital oversight at every level of the business, both front and back of house. His diverse set of responsibilities included serving as Director of Events, a role he would maintain as the company grew, eventually developing and overseeing the events program for four venues. In 2017, Charlie joined the executive team to help build out the company’s corporate infrastructure.
He began his career in hospitality as part of the opening team at The Standard High Line, working as a manager in the hotel’s Front Office.
Jeff joined Golden Age Hospitality in 2014 as General Manager for both The Happiest Hour and Slowly Shirley. A born and bred New Yorker, Jeff is a seasoned hospitality professional who has held numerous management roles, opening multiple nightlife destinations across New York City. In 2009 he joined Andre Balazs’ team at The Standard High Line managing hotspots Boom Boom Room and Le Bain for five years. It was here that he connected with Jon Neidich who later brought him on to open The Happiest Hour and Slowly Shirley, where he served as General Manager for over 4 years. Now in his 5th year with the company, Jeff oversees all operations company wide.
Jim Kearns is the Beverage Director for Golden Age Hospitality, responsible for developing and executing a beverage program at the highest level and ensuring top-flight service to create the ultimate guest experience.
Jim Kearns is a 25-year veteran of the hospitality industry, who has been a mainstay in the New York cocktail scene for over fifteen years. Over the course of his career, he has tended bar at top high-volume and mixology institutions, including Pegu Club, Death & Co., NoMad, Gold Bar, Freemans, and Mayahuel. He has trained under the likes of Sasha Petraske, who sparked his passion for executing classic cocktails in a precise and consistent manner, and Audrey Saunders, who first taught him how to adapt craft cocktail bartending to a high-volume setting. Kearns has also designed and run a number of celebrated bars in New York, including Rye House, with Lynnette Marrero, Play, Happiest Hour, and Slowly Shirley. With Golden Age, Kearns continues to strive to find creative, new ways to marry fast, friendly service, with exciting, new flavors, presented in constantly evolving ways, to meet the increasing demand for high-quality cocktails, even in high-volume bar and restaurant settings.
Joel Bauer is the Director of Events and Marketing for Golden Age Hospitality, responsible for the planning and execution of private events at all properties, as well as overseeing strategic marketing and social media initiatives across the company portfolio.
Joel began as an Event Coordinator at Soho House NYC, where he helped execute and oversee logistics surrounding the property’s on-site events for nearly four years. During this time Joel also assisted with off-site events at Soho House Miami, including the hugely popular art festival, Art Basel as well as Swim Wear Fashion Week. Most recently, Joel ran the events program for Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield’s Salvation brand, overseeing events across three venues: Salvation Taco, Pod 39 Rooftop, and Salvation Burger.
Nicole Gappa is the Executive Assistant and Office Manager for Golden Age Hospitality, responsible for coordinating office administration, calendars, and procedures in order to ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency.
Nicole began as the Assistant Studio Manager at Reel Creative Studios in NYC, where she was responsible for client relations and studio management. During this time, she also assisted as project manager for photo and video shoots, coordinating with clients and freelance teams. Nicole spent the last couple of years in the Midwest where she was the Assistant Property Manager at a luxury 229-unit loft space. Loving the hospitality industry, she moved back to New York and joined our team in 2018.
Harisen Kardon is Golden Age Hospitality‘s People & Culture Manager. With an undergraduate degree in Industrial and Labor Relations, specializing in Human Resources from Cornell University, and a MBA from Columbia University, Harisen oversees people and culture related initiatives for all Golden Age venues.
Amanda Key is the HR Manager for Golden Age Hospitality. She oversees recruiting, employee relations, compliance, and payroll. Amanda is ultimately responsible for maintaining and implementing the group's best employment practices.
After 15 years in the hospitality industry, primarily FOH restaurant and venue management, she made a leap into the non-profit sector. Immediately prior to joining GAH, she headed up the finance department of an affordable housing developer headquartered in the East Village, NYC. Amanda has been with GOLDEN AGE HOSPITALITY since 2015.