Q&A: Co-Founders Lisle Richards & Eric Marx on the Success of Their 3 NYC Venues

Q&A: Co-Founders Lisle Richards & Eric Marx on the Success of Their 3 NYC Venues

“If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere,” claim Frank Sinatra’s legendary lyrics from New York, New York; which ring particularly true when talking to restaurateurs in the Big Apple. Six of nine Michelin three star restaurants are in New York City, but Business Insider reports that 80 percent of restaurants located in the area close within five years. In short, it’s grueling competing with the best of the best.

Two fresh and inspiring newcomers to the hospitality scene that show some serious clout are Lisle Richards and Eric Marx, the duo who opened three NYC venues within 60 days, a rather splashy arrival for even a seasoned operator to contend with. Here’s an excerpt from our interview one fall evening as we explored the meaning of a restaurant’s persona and longevity.