P.J. Clarke’s

“Beer is proof that God loves us,
and wants us to be happy.”
– Benjamin Franklin
“P.J. Clarke's is what a lot of us
came to New York looking for.”
– Departures Magazine

Leadership

Philip Scotti

Philip Scotti came by the food business honestly. He is one of 46 grandchildren of Gasparo Genuardi, a man who grew a small Philadelphia corner store into a well–respected 76–store chain. Ready to follow in his family’s footsteps, Scotti moved to New York in 1975 and met his lifelong mentor when he took a job at Shelly Fireman’s Cafe Fiorello. From there, he built his first New York restaurant, The Saloon at Lincoln, based on his fascination with Paris’ La Coupole. Over the next several years, he went on to build the legendary Bar Louie, the Century Café in Times Square, the Upper West Side’s Boulevard, and the Rose Café in Greenwich Village. Scotti was also a partner in Sarabeth’s Kitchen, Docks Oyster Bar and Barbuto in the meatpacking district – all three of which he still owns. In 2001, he found himself with the opportunity to acquire P.J. Clarke’s, one of his favorite haunts. The rest, as they say, is history.

Arnold Penner

Arnold Penner is a Bronx native who has worked as an Independent Director of United Capital Corp. since 1989 and serves on the board there. He got his start in real estate by helping businesses in Manhattan’s industrial sector move to new areas while the city was building its geographic sectors. Since then, he’s become an accomplished private real estate investor and broker. He first partnered with Scotti to create Bar Louie. Philanthropy is a major focus of Penner’s life. In particular, his relationship with Albert Einstein College of Medicine spans more than three decades. In that time, he’s been elected to the Einstein Board of Overseers and has received the Albert Einstein Humanitarian Award. “The money doesn’t belong to us,” said Penner. “We should all try and reflect on that. When you give, the rewards are fabulous.” Penner’s other philanthropic endeavors include the National Dance Institute and the Israel Bonds’ Real Estate Division.

Stephen Siegel

The Chairman of Global Brokerage at CB Richard Ellis, Stephen Siegel is widely regarded in commercial real estate circles as one of the industry’s most talented and prolific professionals. Throughout his distinguished career, he’s arranged transactions for some of the nation’s most prominent corporate clients, including J.P. Morgan Chase & Co, Swiss Reinsurance, MetLife, and recently The Trump Organization – the most valuable retail deal ever completed. He’s also been recognized as one of Crain’s 100 Most Influential Business Leaders in New York City and awarded with Commercial Property News’ Lifetime Achievement award.

Timothy Hutton

Academy Award winner Timothy Hutton will be remembered worldwide for his contributions to acting, but in New York he’s also a hero who helped revive P.J. Clarke’s with the other three leaders. Hutton grew up eating at P.J.’s on visits to New York City from Boston, and later became a true patron when he moved to Manhattan in his early 20s. With dozens of films in his past, Hutton currently stars in the TV series Leverage.