Allen Bernstein, the owner of the famous Morton’s of Chicago, has passed away at the age of 65. Mr. Bernstein is responsible for helping to make Morton’s into a popular and upscale steakhouse chain.
Allen J. Bernstein, who showed that high-end restaurants can succeed as chains by expanding Morton’s of Chicago from nine steakhouses in 1989 to 69 worldwide in 2006, has died. He was 65.
He died on Nov. 1 at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, after an extended illness, according to Castle Harlan Inc., a New York-based private-equity firm that backed his ventures. He was a resident of Manhasset.
Once described by Nation’s Restaurant News as “a prolific deal-maker,” Bernstein wrote his college thesis on restaurant branding and then made a career of it.
Bernstein, as chairman and chief executive officer, positioned Morton’s on the leading edge of a wave of upscale, expense-account… continue reading
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