Richard grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and worked at Skyline Chili in Milford in 1970
at the age of 16. He was fired after 3 months and told he would never make in
the restaurant business.
After working as an Air Traffic Controller in the US Air Force from 1972 to 1976,
Richard attended a local college with the desire to be an elementary school
teacher, While in college, he bravely re-entered the Restaurant Business and
tried his hand as a spaghetti server at 'Buster T. Browne's'. After Buster's closed
abruptly 5 months later - he moved to Zino's in Clifton, the Coffee Shop at
Stouffer's Hotel, and in 1980 went to work at Les Palmiers; a French Restaurant
in the newly refurbished Union Terminal. He lasted one month - but - he had
tasted quality French Food and Wine for the first time and he quickly decided he
wanted to work in the best French restaurants in the city - and that his old
manager at Skyline Chili was full of beans.
In 1980, Richard began working as a server at the Mobil 4 Star - 'Pigall's French
Restaurant'. In 1985 he moved to the nation's longest 5 Star Restaurant - '
Maisonette where he became Captain and then Maitre d'. He worked with Jean-
Robert de Cavel at Maisonette until 2000 when he moved to the 'Palace' in the
Cincinnatian Hotel. In 2002 Richard and Jean-Robert teamed up once again to
re-open 'Jean-Robert at Pigall's'. in 2009, Richard became General Manager at
'Boca' in Oakley and now, after 35 years in the Restaurant Industry - works as a
Restaurant Consultant as the owner of 'Richard Brown Hospitality, LLC'.