Arman Razavi is a hospitality professional with almost three decades of experience in the industry. For over a decade Mr. Razavi owned and operated his own successful ventures such as the standard-bearer Mad Bar & Café, which has left its unmistakable imprint on Chicago’s hospitality scene for decades, while maintaining an impressive consulting career. The former has established Mr. Razavi as an industry leader and innovator, while the latter has allowed him to work with a distinguished list of hotels and independents alike which includes heavyweights such as theWit hotel, Hotel Sax, Thompson Hotels and most recently Celeste and Spin.
Establishing his own consulting firm early on, Midnight Oil Agency or MOA, Mr. Razavi has kept a rigorous schedule helping owners achieve their targeted financial goals such as cutting and maintaining costs, increasing the top line and creating controls, while bringing in a wealth of knowledge and decades of experience in training, improving service, guest satisfaction, innovative viral marketing, effective social media management and optimization, functional designs and ultimately expansion to new markets. Based in Chicago, Mr. Razavi is a savvy world traveler. His quest to study, learn, improve and discover new markets and establishing new ties has lead him to countless destinations around the world, which has given him a well-rounded view of his beloved industry.
His two latest projects were Celeste restaurant and lounge, which he took on in March 2014. Within the first six months of his charge, Celeste had already been nominated “Best New Bar” by the Tales of The Cocktail Spirited Awards and Food & Wine magazine, and has received numerous accolades for its food and beverage program and has the distinction for “best design,” and “best rooftop.” Most recently, Mr. Razavi signed on to help open Spin Chicago founded by film star and ping pong enthusiast, Susan Sarandon, and create the template for future outposts, while consulting on new and existing projects such as Ronero and Nana. Mr. Razavi’s holistic approach affords him a solution based methodology with proven results. With an eye on new ventures and new markets, Arman Razavi has established himself as a trusted source for evaluating and improving existing concept, while developing and constituting new endeavors.