Marc Falsetto and Charles Hazlett, co-founders of JEY Hospitality Group.
Why they’re Food 50: They’ve helped breathe new life — not to mention great-tasting food and drinks — into downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Himmarshee Village.
When Marc Falsetto had the crazy idea to sell gourmet burgers and craft beers in downtown Fort Lauderdale’s historic district, only Chuck Hazlett, a financial guy with an eye for opportunity, believed in him. The two founded JEY Hospitality (Just Enjoy Yourself) and opened the first Rok:Brgr in Himmarshee Village in 2010. They had a raging hit on their hands, and they followed it up with neighboring gastropub Himmarshee Public House in 2013, followed by back-to-back Tacocraft and Pizzacraft in 2015.
Along the way, Falsetto and Hazlett opened two other Rok:Brgrs — in South Miami and The Village at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach — and their group employs more than 300 in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Burgers, pizza, tacos, beer: Falsetto and Hazlett know what people like to eat and drink, and they have the golden touch when it comes to building restaurants around them.
Where to find them: Rok:Brgr (multiple locations); Himmarshee Public House, 201 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-616-5275; Pizzacraft, 330 Himmarshee St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-616-8028; Tacocraft, 204 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-463-2003; Primo’s Italian Kitchen, 1717 N. Bayshore Dr., Miami, 305-371-9055.