Elements of Fine Dining with Rick Wahlstedt

by Barbara Castiglia and Kevin Freibott1 Min Read

Restaurateur Rick Wahlstedt has had a 30-year love affair with the restaurant industry as his holdings have grown to include:

  • Le Colonial in New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Houston
  • L’Escale in Greenwich, CT
  • Japonais in Las Vegas
  • Artisan in Southport and West Hartford (’17)
  • Le Bilboquet in Atlanta 
  • Minority interests in Rockbit Bar and Grill in Chicago and Delamar Hotels in Greenwich and Southport, CT

On average, each of his restaurants make $6.5 million annually. In this MRM News feature, Wahlstedt discusses the economics challenges facing fine dining restaurants today as well as what he views as the four main elements for fine dining success. 

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