Julie Grunberger and Rigo Herasme are proud to introduce 9A Kitchen & Lounge, their new venture for the vibrant and enterprising Harlem community. As friends, associates and partners for over 25 years, they sought the right time and opportunity to incorporate their years of experience in the hospitality, entertainment, and food services business to create their vision of the sports bar and restaurant – the new 9Anyc.com.
Julie brings more than 30 years of national and international customer service, sales marketing and management experience working for IBM, Sheraton Hotels, and Skyline Displays into the venture. As an entrepreneur, Julie has owned and operated a wholesale food distribution company and managed investment properties all over the U.S. and the Dominican Republic. Her management and market experience forms the organizational framework for the restaurant.
Rigo has successfully owned and operated multiple companies in the service industry. His background ranges from design, manufacturing, and installation of trade show exhibits for high end clients to international DJ/host entertainment to new restaurant development . His creativity, vision, and detail oriented management style have allowed him to launch and market many successful concepts matching urban loungue entertainment with modern cuisne nationallty and internationally. Rigo is hands-on at all levels as he brings a wealth of operational excellence as an experienced restaurateur.