Aristotle Hatzigeorgiou, or Telly for short, has spent the last 30 years creating some of New York City’s most notable establishments. He began his career in hospitality when he opened Slate, (which was originally a pool hall and lounge but has since transformed) in Queens. In 2000, he expanded the Slate brand opening a location in Manhattan, which to this day is one of the top nightlife and corporate event spaces in the city.
In 2011, Telly opened a South Street Seaport hotspot Beekman Beer Garden, featuring sand, beach chairs, an extensive beer menu, concerts, and a panoramic view of the Brooklyn Bridge. Beekman Beer Garden was quickly named the “Best Summertime Bar” by CBS New York.
In May 2015, Telly opened Ambrose Beer and Lobster. The New York Times coined Ambrose Beer and Lobster as NYC’s most “Blooming Beer Garden.” In July, Telly expanded the Clinton Hall brand, an eclectic and rare craft ale adventure in the Financial District, with West End Hall, located on the Upper West Side. West End Hall received four stars from Time Out New York critics.