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Richard Cohn

Senior EVP, CFO & General Counsel

Richard Cohn is a Founding Partner and General Counsel of the Company.

Cohn oversees all legal and financial details of the Company. Cohn joined the Company when it was founded in 1986, bringing over 35 years of expertise in legal and financial aspects of the restaurant, hospitality and real estate industry. Cohn’s acquired knowledge goes far beyond the essential business aspects necessary to run a successful restaurant and real estate company.

Cohn’s contribution to the Company wildly surpasses each title attributed to him, whether as Partner, Counselor or Executive Management Team Member. It is Cohn’s seasoned level of industry specific legal and operational knowledge that allows the Company to successfully operate and expand. Cohn is attributed with building and maintaining the corporate team, ensuring the Company efficiently complies with any and all requisites for its multitude of properties.

Along with Abraham Merchant, President of the Company, Cohn is credited with contributing to the revitalization and renewal of Lower Manhattan and had the honor of being appointed by the Hon. Chairman Whitehead to be a member of the Restaurants, Retailers and Small Business Advisory Council to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. Through this capacity, Cohn has interacted with many members of the community who have contributed to the ongoing revitalization. 

Cohn is the encouragement behind the Company’s exploitation of new opportunities to open more successful restaurants in Lower Manhattan.

Cohn served as General Counsel for the Riese Organization, the largest privately held restaurant company in the United States. Cohn’s experience gained at The Riese Organization included being immersed in the fast-paced business of a commercial landlord with over a hundred commercial store tenants in Manhattan.

Cohn received his Juris Doctorate from New York Law School, located in Tribeca. Cohn continues to be actively involved as an alumnus and is well recognized for his support and sponsorship.

Cohn lives just outside Manhattan with his wife and three sons, who he enjoys cycling and skiing with. Cohn competes annually in the NYC Triathlon.