Richard Hales

Founded in 2008, Grateful Hospitality is a full-service restaurant management and licensing company by Chef Richard Hales and his wife, Jenny Hales. From fast-casual concepts to modern food hall dining, the power couples created award-winning, forward-thinking concepts that continue to shape Miami’s dining scene.

Chef Hales has been a passionate pioneer of forward-thinking concepts since 1991 and is only matched...

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Founded in 2008, Grateful Hospitality is a full-service restaurant management and licensing company by Chef Richard Hales and his wife, Jenny Hales. From fast-casual concepts to modern food hall dining, the power couples created award-winning, forward-thinking concepts that continue to shape Miami’s dining scene.

Chef Hales has been a passionate pioneer of forward-thinking concepts since 1991 and is only matched by the circle of professionals he has developed into his operations team. As Owner, Culinary Director and concept creator for the group, Hales maintains creative control for the restaurants, hotel projects, catering and food truck operations. Grateful Hospitality currently operates five unique concepts including Sakaya Kitchen, Blackbrick Chinese, Dim Ssam a Gogo, Bird & Bone, and Society BBQ.

Chef Richard Hales is native to New Orleans, grew up in Florida and honed his culinary chops in New York City. His culinary range began beyond his formal education and took shape while backpacking through Asia, Europe and South America learning, eating and discovering.

Hales has appeared on various television shows including Food Network’s “Drive-Ins, Diners and Dives,” “Guy’s Grocery Games,” and “Beat Bobby Flay.” Additionally, under his direction, Hales’ restaurants have received some of the highest praise and are considered some of the best in America as noted by Bon Appétit magazine.

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