Steven DapuzzoPark & Ocean
Society 8 Hospitality Group
As a child growing up in Brooklyn in an Italian-American family, Steven Dapuzzo learned the traditions of true Italian cooking chock full of big bold flavors. With all of the foodie hot spots and restaurants that New York City has to offer, Steven was able to experience the expansive culinary diversity. This introduction paved the road to a vast appreciation and thirst for the craft.
With a formal education in economics and finance from the University of Hartford, Steven was led to Wall Street where he found great financial success, but lacked passion and soul. He soon traded in the stocks and bonds for martinis and meatballs and formed Society 8 Hospitality Group.
“I felt like I was going to work every day, but not really making any contributions to society,” said Steven. He then made the decision to fulfill his passion for food and embarked on a journey to create restaurant concepts that lived off the concept of “Eating Sociably.”
Steven’s entrepreneurial spirit and hands-on approach encouraged him to work alongside talented chefs who helped mold his culinary skills to create approachable menus to compliment vivacious concepts. He believes that some people eat to live, but many like him live to eat. In the last 15 years, Steven and his team at Society 8 have created nine restaurant and nightclub concepts based around the notion of “Eating Sociably.” Most recently, Society 8 launched Beauty & the FEAST Bar|Kitchen in The Atlantic Hotel & Spa on Fort Lauderdale Beach.
Beauty & the Feast located at The Atlantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale has received many accolades including “10 Hottest Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale” by Eater.com – Winter 2016; “Top Broward Restaurants” by Sun-Sentinel’s SouthFlorida.com – May 2016; “Best Brunch” by Lifestyle Magazines – September 2015; “Ten Best Hotel Restaurants in South Florida” by New Times Broward Palm Beach – May 2015; “Top Ten Diner’s Choice Winners” by OpenTable.com – April 2015; “10 Hottest Restaurants in South Florida” by Zagat – May 2015; and “Top 10 New Restaurants That Opened This Spring” by Thrillist.com – April 2014, among numerous others.