Diane Mantouvalos playing in the fast lane at F1 Boston
Malcolm Rogers playing America's pastime in front of the MFA.
The ICA's Jill Medvedow playing Monopoly
> PUBLIC RELATIONS
is not a restaurant publicist per se, but she may do more than anyone
in town to promote the local dining scene. She is the PR force behind
the Anthony Spinazzola Foundation’s events, Chefs Collaborative, Gordon
Hamersley’s book tour (Bistro Cooking at Home), Bostonchefs.com, Restaurant Week, Boston DineAround, Divas Uncorked, and the Wellfleet Oyster Festival.
Chris Lyons Communications
Lyons was a woman before her time when, in 1986, she began to focus her
formidable public-relations skills on restaurants. Lyons’s clients are
fiercely loyal, and for good reason — her no-nonsense, amiable style
gets results. Her clients include the restaurants Bricco, Mantra, and
Regan Communications Group
no surprise that George Regan, the former press secretary to Mayor
Kevin White, is well-connected in the political world. Since 1984, his
full-service firm has represented a wide range of clients in many
realms. Current clients include such diverse organizations as Dunkin’
Donuts, the Boston Celtics, the Olives Group, Mohegan Sun, Clear
Channel, and FleetBoston Financial Corp.
Kortenhaus started her eponymous PR and marketing firm in 1984 (the
same year that Regan started his). In the ensuing 20 years, Kortenhaus
Communications has grown to become one of the most important firms in
New England. Current clients include the Nine Zero Hotel; Shreve, Crump
& Low; the Sports Club/LA; Louis Boston and L Restaurant; and Azure.
a regular on the Boston social scene, is at the forefront of the new
wave of independent publicists who focus mainly on restaurants. He is
known for his ability to get the word out about new establishments, and
his contacts in the local and national media are very solid.
Newton O’Neill Communications
is an affable native Texan doing in this chilly social and physical
climate? Running a very successful PR firm, that’s what. In addition to
doing the PR for her husband Brian O’Neill’s Good Life and Centro
restaurants, O’Neill also handles the Fireplace, Bob the Chef’s, Leon
& Company salon, and more.
highest-profile nightlife role is as the publicist for Radius, Great
Bay, and Via Matta, which, in case you haven’t noticed, have been all
over the local and national media lately. She is the founder of the
Greater Boston Concierge Association, the chair of the New England
Spring Flower Show preview party, and has worked with such clients as
H&M, House of Blues, Talbots, Emporio Armani, and many others.
She’s also an active presence on the local charity and social circuit.
Mercer Public Relations
has a long and storied history in entertainment media, dating back to
her work on the old Mike Douglas show. As a PR force in modern Boston,
her clients include McCormick & Schmick’s, Top of the Hub, Old Town
Trolley Tours, and Dick’s Last Resort.
Julie Fox Communications
clients include local stalwart restaurants L’Espalier, Sel de la Terre,
and UpStairs on the Square, as well as Tiffany (!), Westport Rivers
Winery, and Buzzards Bay Brewery. If you want to buy her flowers, you
can get them at Winston Flowers, another of her clients.
recent years Moretti, with partner Michael Caglianone and go-getter
Marlo Fogelman, has brought CM to the next level of Boston PR firms (CM
calls itself an " integrated marketing agency, " for the record).
Hotel clients include Hotel Marlowe, the Colonnade, and Beacon Hill
Hotel & Bistro, while restaurant clients include Les Zygomates,
Brasserie Jo, and Le Soir.
Andonia Public Relations/Sudiko Marketing Group
brains, and ambition come together in the feisty package of Diane
Mantouvalos. As a PR professional and event planner, Mantouvalos helped
to launch Mantra, has been involved with countless national and local
PR campaigns, and currently works with the hot spot Saint. She also
serves as executive director of Midnight Santa, a nonprofit
community-outreach program she founded in 1993.
> FINE ARTS
Bernard Toale Gallery
is one of the most respected names in Boston’s contemporary-art scene.
His gallery features work that is both cutting-edge and impeccably
Allston Skirt Gallery
Hopkins, who also works as an art critic for the Boston Phoenix (a Phoenix Media/Communications Group company, as is STUFF@night), runs her Harrison Avenue gallery with partner Beth Kantrowitz. The gallery is as smart as Hopkins’s writing.
Barbara Krakow Gallery
over 20 years, Krakow has been presenting some of the world’s top
contemporary artists in her gallery. Artists whose work has been shown
at the BKG include Alex Katz, Sol LeWitt, Richard Serra, Chuck Close,
Kiki Smith, and Michael Mazur.
Kenn Gray Interiors, etc.
formerly of the Judi Rotenberg Gallery and his own Media Gallery, is
the head of his own interior-design firm. In addition, Gray is the
founder and executive director of Boston KidSmart, a non-profit
organization that works to supply public-school kids with art-supplies
and programming. Gray also curates private shows in galleries,
alternative exhibition spaces, and nightclubs (like Swank in
Museum of Fine Arts
it really been 10 years since Rogers was appointed Ann and Graham Gund
Director of the MFA? It most certainly has, and the museum has become a
much more respected (internationally) and welcoming (locally) place in
that time. Rogers, a native Brit, was recently honored by Queen
Elizabeth II with the title of Commander, Order of the British Empire —
not a bad resumé-builder, eh?
Institute for Contemporary Art
the James Sachs Plaut Director of the ICA, Medvedow is the one in
charge of the organizations’ rise to national prominence (and its new
future home on the waterfront).
> NIGHTCLUBS AND BARS
Fenton Hollander and Fred Taylor
Water Music and Regattabar; Scullers
they work for competing companies, Hollander (Water Music and
Regattabar) and Taylor (Scullers) are inseparable as the faces of jazz
in Boston. The top international jazz acts look to play at either the
Regattabar or Scullers when they come to Boston, and both these
gentlemen work to bring jazz to other parts of New England.
Lou and Jeff Delpidio
Boston Ballroom Corporation
father-and-son operation is behind the Roxy, a powerhouse club with one
of the most beautiful old ballrooms in the entire Northeast. The
Delpidios are also involved with the Matrix club (which has started
booking rock acts) downstairs from the Roxy, and another Matrix in
Taunton. And they play a role in Caprice, News, Venu/Nick’s Comedy
Stop, Felt, and Club Lido at the Wonderland Ballroom.
Frank De Pasquale
Il Panino, Bricco
Pasquale is a North End legend, a good guy who knows how to run a
successful business. The Il Panino chain of restaurants/clubs is his,
as is the red-hot restaurant Bricco on Hanover Street.
has always been a top-notch comedy town, and the Comedy Connection has
been a big part of that history and success. It is where all the top
names in stand-up perform when they come to Boston. Blumenreich also
has clubs in Chicopee and Providence.
" Musician, barman, and businessman " is what Somers’s business card
might say, if we were in charge of designing it. This Dublin native is
the proud owner of the following establishments: the Green Dragon, the
Grand Canal, Kennedy’s Midtown, Hennessy’s, Q, and Mr. Dooley’s. Think
he knows his way around a pint of Guinness?
Glynn Hospitality Group
Glynn, a lawyer by training, knows what it takes to operate a
successful enterprise. Among his group’s holding are the Black Rose
(known as one of the finest Irish pubs in the country), Dillon’s,
Clerys, Hurricane O’Reilly’s, Jose McIntyre’s, and Coogan’s. This
family business was started by Michael’s father, Patrick Glynn.
O’Connor Jr. is, like Michael Glynn, a chip off the old block when it
comes to running his family’s restaurant-and-bar empire. The Briar
Group’s establishments include Azure, City Bar, Anthem, MJ O’Connor’s,
the Harp, the Green Briar, and Kinvara. That the city’s three most
powerful Irish-pub groups — Somers Pubs, the Glynn Hospitality Group,
and O’Connor’s Briar Group — share so much history and warm feeling
speaks to the fact that these people know how to succeed with a smile.
Bonney Bouley and Randi Millman
T.T. the Bear’s Place
is the kind of intimate, DIY rock club that has defied the odds by
continually booking some of the finest rising acts in the world. T.T.’s
rocks, and owner Bouley and talent buyer Millman are the reason why.
Johnny D’s Uptown Restaurant and Music Club
hard is it to succeed as an internationally renowned music club that
serves food in the same space? Very, very hard — just look at how few
establishments can pull it off. Owner DeLellis oversees both aspects of
this bustling Davis Square hot spot, which is one of the better
roots-music clubs in the Northeast.
more than 20 years, Club Café has been the place for gay singles to
meet, mingle, and flirt in a classy, festive atmosphere. The restaurant
is fantastic, and what goes on in the Moonshine Video Bar has to be
seen to be believed. Ribaudo is the man who has made it all happen.
Felt and Vinalia
is four floors of party. Combining a restaurant, a highly designed
upscale pool hall, and a nightclub in one venture, it is also unlike
anything else in the city. Brian O’Donnell, the GM and partner (he is
also a partner at Vinalia), is the man who keeps it all running
about a shrewd businessman: Robbat made the Palace (which, with 12
clubs under one roof, is the largest nightclub in the world) into a
huge success, and sold it for a hefty price to go into retirement. Like
many successful men of his stature, retirement didn’t sit well with
Robbat, so he bought the Palace back for a song, and now it is again
thriving. This is a guy with the Midas touch.