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David Tornek

David Tornek


A potently influential force in South Florida fine dining. 

A talented operator with an inventive business mind and an acute eye for detail, David Tornek first gained notoriety in Denver; as a partner in Century Management Group, he contributed his insight and instincts to the development, launching, and operation of such successful area restaurants as Diamond Cabaret & Steakhouse, The Alley Cat Night Club, and the Fresh Fish Company. His extraordinary career in Florida began with the launch of Touch Restaurant on South Beach, a cutting-edge, see-and-be-seen destination for fine dining and entertainment. The business established him as one of South Florida’s visionary restaurateurs: a man with a remarkable track record, and the vibrant creative behind Miami’s most sophisticated, cutting-edge restaurant concepts. 

With Chef Sean Brasel Tornek then founded Miami Beach’s bustling modern American steakhouse Meat Market, located on famed pedestrian corridor Lincoln Road.

After its debut in 2008, the restaurant quickly established itself as a prominent fixture in SoBe, renowned for Brasel’s innovative cuisine, its captivating postmodern-deco design, and its impressive clientele. Tornek expanded his restaurant management company SB ICE Management, Inc., by introducing the Meat Market brand to new horizons with an establishment in 2013 at the El San Juan Resort and Casino in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This success was followed by the opening of a third location at 191 Bradley Place in Palm Beach in 2014, and subsequently, the fourth Meat Market location in Hyde Park Village, Tampa, in 2019. The fifth location, launched in 2023 at the Renaissance Hotel in Boca Raton, reflects the ongoing commitment to tailoring each brand outpost to suit the distinct preferences of its customer base.

Having garnered over fifteen years of success since its inception, along with the newer locations firmly established as indispensable dining destinations in Palm Beach, San Juan, Tampa, and Boca Raton, Tornek and his business partner of twenty years, Chef Sean Brasel, are not resting on their laurels. .