An expert in all aspects of dining and gathering to celebrate, Arthur F. Backal is the CEO of Backal Hospitality Group (BHG) and during three decades in the business has overseen world-renowned venues and executed thousands of milestone events – from intimate affairs to glittering galas. As a
deeply respected voice and veteran in the hospitality industry, Backal has supplied his magic touch in the development of numerous iconic hotels and restaurants around the world. He’s also managed 20+ event spaces in New York City.
A seasoned hospitality professional with over 15 years in New York City Food and Beverage Operations. He achieved his Bachelor’s in Science for Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales University in Providence. In his previous roles, Allen was the Director of Food & Beverage at HUDSON with Morgan Hotel Group as well as Food & Beverage Operations at the New York Hilton Midtown.
He joined Backal Hospitality Group in 2016 as Director of Operations, with a vision to rebrand the now popular midtown rooftop, VERSA. His hands-on approach and meticulous attention to detail successfully modernized the local culture and mentored his management team to full potential.
In 2019, he oversaw CNVS events in his role as VP of Operations where he developed the catering program, design, execution of events for all of Backal Hospitality. As VP of all Food & Beverage, he now oversees operations at all Backal locations.
He loves stepping into hidden gems; from a jazzy piano bar to a dusty local shop, either to add to his personal collection of rare books and typewriters or as a quirky addition to the décor of one of the locations he curates.