Mr. Heil graduated from Cornell University and headed to New York City to attend graduate school Fordham University. While attending graduate school, Mr. Heil moonlighted as a waiter and bartender at Alan Stillma’s, Cité, as well as legendary Upper East Side saloon, Dakota, where he fell in love in with the hospitality business. While pursuing studies in advanced economics, which would prove useful in future years, Mr. Heil chose to follow his entrepreneurial spirit, and at the tender age of twenty-four, he cobbled together a group of friends and purchased Dakota from its’ retiring owner. Dakota’s success inspired Mr. Heil to purchase an old diner on a previously moribund block of the Upper West Side, which he developed into legendary 90’s watering hole, Gentleman Jack’s.
A string of success led Mr. Heil to become a founding partner of LDV Hospitality in 2003. As a creative and operational force at LDV, Mr. Heil developed and built a slew of noteworthy concepts including Scarpetta, Lugo Caffe, Local, Local West, Lucy’s Cantina Royale and Lenny’s (New York’s top gourmet sandwich shop chain). Heil sold his stake in LDV in 2010 and joined longtime friends Paul Tully and Ted Kakoyiannis at Imian Partners. Together the trio has opened a number of unique hospitality concepts both in New York and Connecticut, including Rogue & Canon, The Beer Garden at Local West, LobsterCraft NYC and The Beer Garden @ Harbor Point.