Los Angeles-based Innovative Dining Group (IDG), known for its diverse collection of iconic concepts including Sushi Roku and BOA Steakhouse, welcomes new COO Nicolas Kurban to the executive team. As IDG approaches its 20th anniversary in 2017 and continues to expand its portfolio of restaurants, Kurban will oversee current operations as well as domestic and international operations for the brand. IDG created the position in anticipation of impending growth both at home and abroad, including the opening of Katana Chicago in winter 2016. Kurban will be based in Los Angeles, and began work with IDG on June 2.
"Kurban possesses an invaluable combination of restaurant-level operating experience, brand and corporate-level management expertise, as well as thoughtful, focused, hands-on leadership,” says Lee Maen, IDG founder/partner. “As we enter our next chapter of innovation and expanded growth, Kurban will play an integral role in our evolution, drawing on his extensive knowledge and connections in international markets.”
Before his appointment as COO for IDG, Kurban served as corporate vice president of food and beverage of Four Seasons Hotels in Asia Pacific. During his tenure he oversaw F&B operations, as well as concept development for new restaurants and bars, and assisted the Four Seasons brand in growing its portfolio across the Asia Pacific region. Kurban previously held similar senior leadership roles with Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia and Borgata Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City, as well as Wynn Casino and Resort in Las Vegas. Additionally, Kurban brings extensive operational experience with celebrity chefs, such as Wolfgang Puck and Thomas Keller, managing some of the most iconic restaurants in Las Vegas, including Spago and Bouchon Bistro.
“I am very honored and humbled to join IDG as their new COO,” says Kurban. “I’m confident that my unique approach to leadership and mentoring will be a seamless fit with the company culture, and look forward to working closely with the partners and team to continue to refine the IDG brand, prepare for future growth, and strive for even greater excellence.”