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New Beginnings for Iconic South Florida Restaurant Group Old School Hospitality

Updated: Aug 8, 2022

Old School Hospitality, a family-owned and operated South Florida restaurant management group, has recently announced its big plans for the future.



CEO James Flanigan, Old School Hospitality


James Flanigan, son of founder Paul Flanigan (who established the company in 1986), has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. With this new title, Flanigan has plans to leave big footprints in the restaurant industry.


Quarterdeck Ft. Lauderdale Location


From humble beginnings, James started “working” in the restaurant business in his early childhood, shadowing his father and helping with the operation of the restaurant as his father was growing the business. Over the years, James has worked in every position in the front and back of the restaurants. Flanigan is a prime example of where hard work and dedication can get you.


Following tradition with an innovative spin, in his new role as CEO, James plans to expand the business by opening exciting new concepts.


Old School has three immediate projects in the pipeline: (1) an expansion of the footprint of the existing Quarterdeck in Dania Beach with a repurposed shipping container project on the beach adjacent to the restaurant, and (2) the opening of a second Whiskey Neat Cocktail Lounge in Plantation, and (3) the creation of a new upscale tiki-bar concept named the Hula Kai on 17th Street Causeway in Fort Lauderdale.


For more than three decades, Old School Hospitality has grown exponentially from its first location of Quarterdeck, a neighborhood seafood bar to today. Old School Hospitality now owns and operates multiple restaurant brands throughout Broward and Miami-Dade counties, including five Quarterdeck locations in Fort Lauderdale, Davie, Plantation, and Dania Beach; a Whiskey Neat cocktail lounge in Fort Lauderdale; and Beach Bar @ Newport Pier in Sunny Isles Beach. The brand has mastered casual Florida dining, focusing on neighborhood-oriented strategies in its expanding portfolio.


The future is bright for James Flanigan and the rest of the Old School Hospitality team, as they continue to think of new ways to keep the Old School legacy alive, as it has been since 1966.


By ML Staff. Image courtesy of Old School Hospitality

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