Managing Partner, The Bua Hospitality Group: Wilfie & Nell, The Wren, The Penrose, Bua, Sweet Afton, The Bonnie (New York, NY)
Irish native Ruairi Curtin was on the path to the corporate world with his degrees in both International Marketing and Languages in Dublin and Madrid. Following the completion of his degree, he started work in the New York office for The Business Consultancy Division of the Irish government. At age 23, Mr. Curtin became the youngest Vice President in the history of the company. Despite his success in the field of International Business, Mr. Curtin left in 2006 to devote his time and energy to the start of his hospitality group, The Bua Hospitality Group.
The Bua Group has grown from just one small location in the East Village, to a portfolio of six highly-recognized boutique bars throughout Manhattan and Queens. From the start, the philosophy and goal was simple: to elevate New York City’s bar experience and to celebrate the art of the cocktail.
The group has mastered the delicate balance between consistency, quality and high volume, serving in excess of half a million customers per year. The six establishments have received extensive press coverage and accolades from prestigious publications such as The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker. The Bonnie was recently named one of “The Most Beautiful Bars in NYC' by Thrillist and Wilfie & Nell was named “Best Irish Pub in NYC” by Zagat in 2010.