New York City born-and-raised, Jeff lived in Los Angeles for 17 years then on to Austin for 8 years. As of May 2018, calling beautiful Fort Collins home, Jeff recently relocated with his wife Kristin, a native Texan, and their 11-year-old twins, Dylan and Kaylie. Haber brings a wealth of diverse experience to the SRG team. As a founding partner in the Austin-based reboot of iconic Texas Fried Chicken concept, J.T. Youngblood’s, he has deep experience in openings and turnarounds. Having also served as the General Manager of TRIO at Four Seasons, Austin, Jeff’s operational and customer service passion helped shape the spirit of the service team and the overall dining experience, elevating it to one of the best “independent restaurant” dining experiences in Austin.
Prior to taking the reins of TRIO, Jeff was the opening General Manager for Chaya Downtown, a $7.5mm flagship restaurant in downtown Los Angeles, receiving 3 stars upon the opening from S. Irene Virbila, one of the most respected food critics in the business. Jeff was also General Manager of Safire American Bistro in beautiful Camarillo, CA, and 208 Rodeo, a restaurant that sits at the crossroads of luxury at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Rodeo Drive.
Jeff’s background has been further enriched by becoming one of the youngest full-charge commercial construction superintendents in New York City, running high-end retail and gallery projects. Before that he worked as a carpenter and got to sit behind Martin Scorsese for two weeks when the 1854 building Jeff was renovating and turning into a state-of-the-art recording studio was used for two weeks as location shooting for “Goodfellas.”
There’s more but it’ll have to wait for a couple of beers…