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Mr. Klein

Jeff Klein

Vice President of Food & Beverage, Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Jeffrey Klein, Vice President of Operations, Food & Beverage, is responsible for developing Fontainebleau Miami Beach's multi-million dollar food and beverage operation. With nearly 20 years of hospitality experience, Mr. Klein was instrumental in building a team of more than 1,200 employees to reopen the resort after a $1 billion renovation in 2008. Under Mr. Klein's direction, Fontainebleau offers 12 food and beverage outlets including, fine dining, casual restaurants, bars and lounges, as well as service for more than 250,000 square feet of meeting, function and banquet space. Fontainebleau's portfolio includes award-winning signature restaurants Scarpetta, Hakkasan and Gotham Steak, and the world-famous LIV nightclub. Prior to Fontainebleau, Mr. Klein spent seven years with Loews Hotels, including six years in Miami Beach in a variety of roles including Director of Food & Beverage, Director of Restaurants, Food & Beverage Area Manager, Banquet Manager and Director of Guest Services. Mr. Klein oversaw integral facets of the restaurants and lounges at the hotel, as well as the 65,000 square foot banquet facility. At Loews, Mr. Klein was also responsible for the execution of major events such as the Ocean Drive MTV VMA party, Latin Grammy Awards and Miami Rocks for Relief. In addition, Mr. Klein previously owned and managed Entourage Sports Cafe and served as General Manager for the restaurant at Washington Square Hotel, both in New York City. Klein earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Indiana University.

Mr. Klein can be contacted at 877-854-2033 or jeff.klein@fontainebleau.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.