Hotel restaurants

Celebrity chef Michael Mina launches new group to open hotel restaurants

Photo by Janelle Bitker

Michael Mina is seen at his latest Bay Area restaurant, the Bungalow Kitchen by Michael Mina in Tiburon. The chef is behind a new hotel business.

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Michael Mina, one of the Bay Area’s most celebrated chefs and prolific restaurateurs, is behind a new company opening hotel restaurants.

Called TableOne Hospitality, the effort is a partnership between Mina’s eponymous restaurant group; Highgate, a huge hotel management group; and Patric Yumul, who spent 22 years with Mina Group, most recently as Chairman. Yumul leads TableOne as CEO.

The vision combines the Mina Group’s expertise in restaurant management with Highgate’s many properties, particularly in larger cities. Mina Group operates approximately 40 restaurants around the world and is known for its vibrant, immersively designed venues that fuse Mina’s high-end food with excellent service. TableOne’s first restaurant will be announced in the coming months.

Yumul described the new venture as an opportunity to pass on Mina’s formulas and systems to newcomers to the restaurant industry.

In a recent Chronicle review, reviewer Soleil Ho wondered what characterizes a Mina restaurant and found that the chef’s culinary interests were too varied to be said easily. Meanwhile, Mina said he now finds the most joy in collaborations with chefs instead of opening new restaurants under his vision alone. Taken together, a new cluster of Mina restaurants without the Mina name makes a lot of sense.

Janelle Bitker is a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected]: @janellebitker