Global hospitality and entertainment company Delaware North announced the appointment of John Kolaski as president of Patina Restaurant Group. He is a veteran hospitality leader with more than 30 years of experience building culinary brands and leading restaurant operations.
As president of Patina Restaurant Group, Kolaski will be based at Delaware North’s headquarters in Buffalo – with oversight of the company’s portfolio of streetside restaurants and catering operations in high-profile locations such as Downtown Disney, Disney Springs, Walt Disney World, New York City, Los Angeles and Boston.
Kolaski will report to Jamie Obletz, who was also recently elevated to the role of group president with responsibility for Patina Restaurant Group. Obletz, who has been a Delaware North operating company president since 2020, currently serves as group president of Sportservice, Patina Restaurant Group and Delaware North U.K.
In addition to Patina Restaurant Group, he is responsible for providing oversight and strategic direction for the company’s sports portfolio which provides concessions, premium dining, catering and retail services to more than 50 sports and entertainment venues in the United States. He also oversees the company’s hospitality operations in the United Kingdom at locations such as Wembley Stadium, London Stadium and Emirates Stadium.
“John Kolaski is an invaluable addition to Patina Restaurant Group, bringing with him a wealth of experience and a well-established track record of success,” said Obletz, who joined the company in 2016 as a senior vice president of corporate development and has also served as president of the company’s Travel division. “His leadership and expertise in building culinary brands align perfectly with our commitment to delivering exceptional hospitality experiences. We are thrilled to welcome him to the team as president of Patina Restaurant Group.”
Kolaski joins Delaware North from K2 Restaurants, a Los Angeles-based hospitality group and restaurant incubator that he founded and served as CEO for the past six years. Under his leadership, K2 Restaurants cultivated 20 company-owned brands poised for expansion through various channels, including brick and mortar, management, licensing and franchising.
Before establishing K2, Kolaski served in successive leadership roles with SBE Entertainment, a global lifestyle hospitality and nightlife company based in Los Angeles. His roles at SBE included chief operating officer for restaurants and president of SBE’s Disruptive Restaurant Group. Prior to that, Kolaski held key food and beverage leadership positions at Montage Hotels and Resorts and The Four Seasons.
“John has proven to be a trailblazer in forming enduring partnerships with award-winning chefs and culinary brands,” Obletz added. “His addition to the Delaware North family signifies a strategic move to further elevate our presence in the culinary landscape.”
Kolaski earned a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management at Florida International University. He also holds an associate degree in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales University in Miami, Fla.