Born and raised in Miami, Andrés attributes his passion for food & beverage to his Palestinian, Cuban and Spanish background and parents being the ultimate hosts. Prior to forming New Wave Hospitality and opening Galit, Andrés was the Senior Accountant for acclaimed restaurant group One Off Hospitality. Before bringing his expertise to restaurants, Andrés spent over 5 years working for Deloitte. His passion for food & beverage led him to working on the floor at One Off’s Nico Osteria. After leaving Deloitte to work full-time for One Off as the Senior Accountant, Andrés still worked evenings in the restaurant and special events including the James Beard Awards, off-site catering such as Lollapalooza, charity functions, and chef/restaurant takeovers (including working with partner Zach Engel). When not at Galit, Andrés can likely be found eating around town or taking strolls in the Lincoln Park neighborhood with his wife.
Awards & Press
- James Beard Award
- Michelin 1 Star
“Galit’s New Lincoln Park Spot, Plus Eight More Upcoming Bars And Restaurants” | Eater Chicago | May 23, 2023
"Horseradish Deviled Eggs With Chives And Gribenes From Zach Engel Of Galit"| Wine Spectatorc | March 28, 2023