Haute Secrets Boston: Todd Smith, Founder of Corbett Restaurant Group

Last fall, Todd C. Smith, founder of Corbett Restaurant Group sold JulepBar at 200 High Street and Broad Street Riot located at 131 Broad Street in Boston. They will become, respectively, a high-end sports bar called Finn McCool’s with separate subterranean lounge called The Barrel Room featuring Scotch, whiskey, wine and beer. Broad Street Riot will be replaced with the Italian Bistro 131. (Both are anticipated to open later this month).

Smith’s commercial real estate firm specializes in the sale and leasing of restaurants and other hospitality industry properties and recently handled the transactions of the soon-to-be-opened Sushi Rock in the Financial District and Certified Meatball Co. in South Boston.

Todd SmithPhoto Credit: Corbett Restaurant Group

We caught up with Smith recently to find out what he loves most about Boston.

Where were you born: Glens Falls, NY

How long in Boston:  15 years

Neighborhood: West End and Charlestown

Occupation: President, Corbett Restaurant Group/commercial real estate brokerage

Favorite Restaurant: That’s a tough one; I don’t have one (on purpose) because I deal in the sale and leasing of restaurants, bars and most hospitality businesses. I like to try new restaurants all the time. I try to go to new places every week.

Best Sushi: Crudo, North End

Best Italian: Capo, in South Boston

Best dessert: Modern Pastry, North End

Best place for a romantic date: Mare, North End

Best Sunday brunch: Abe & Louie’s Back Bay

Best place for a power business meeting: The Merchant Kitchen & Drinks – Downtown

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? Liberty Hotel

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Newbury Street

Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: Tiffany’s

Best Spa: The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston

Favorite Charity Event: Holiday Toys for Tots

Favorite Cultural Event: St. Paddy’s Day Parade

Best Steakhouse: Del Frisco’s – Seaport

Best Pizza: Santarpios – East Boston

Best Lunch: Capital Grille – Back Bay

Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Boston Sports Club

Best Massage: The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston

Best Limousine/Driving Service: Uber

Best Museum/Exhibit: Museum of Science

Describe Boston in three words:  Exciting, Sophisticated, Authentic

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Nantucket Whaling Museum

Best Aspect of Boston: The people