President and Founder
As the son of one of the country’s leading restaurateurs, Michael Stillman grew up with a unique vantage point on the inner workings of the industry. Michael learned from a young age how artful design, quality ingredients, and creative marketing all play a critical role in attracting and retaining a loyal clientele.
After graduating from Brown University, Michael worked for the acclaimed Union Square Hospitality Group before learning the business of The Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group from the ground up. After stints in the restaurants’ kitchens and purchasing departments, Michael played a critical role in the opening of the Smith & Wollensky restaurants in Houston, Dallas, and Boston. During openings, Michael participated in staff recruitment and training, menu development, and operations.
When the proposed merger of The Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group closed, Michael became president of Fourth Wall Restaurants, a New York-based restaurant group that owns, manages, and develops unique restaurant and nightlife concepts.
In 2006, Michael led the creation and execution of every aspect of Quality Meats, the group’s rustic New American steakhouse concept. In 2007, Michael oversaw the creation of Park Avenue, a restaurant that changes in its entirety four times a year in keeping with the seasons of New York. In 2014, he opened his newest concept, General Assembly Restaurant & Bar, a casually sophisticated market-driven grill. Currently, Fourth Wall Restaurants oversees the flagship location of Smith & Wollensky New York, Quality Meats, Quality Italian, Maloney & Porcelli, General Assembly Restaurant, and the nightlife venue Riff Raff’s.
At present, Michael is in the process of expanding the Quality brand. He is in active conversations about expansion and enthusiastically seeking to further the internationally renowned Quality brand in other cities around the country and abroad.