PRESIDENT + FOUNDER
John Meadow is the founder and president of LDV Hospitality. This boutique hospitality group was founded on his desire to bring the dream of “La Dolce Vita” to everyday moments through charming restaurant and bar concepts.
John drives the creative process for the company, envisioning new restaurants and bringing them to life. Focused on concept and business development, he also forges new partnerships with hotel developers to create bespoke food and beverage experiences for their guests.
John began LDV in 2008, with the opening of critically-acclaimed flagship Scarpetta restaurant, followed by signature brands American Cut, Dolce Italian, and The Seville, among other bespoke concepts. Since then, John has taken the company abroad with the opening of Sette and Nolita Social in London’s Bvlgari Hotel and with the international expansion of Scarpetta in Tokyo, Doha and Rome.
Prior to creating LDV, John began his career as a manager at the Oak Room and then Beverage Director at New York City’s Plaza Hotel. John is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, and remains very active in the alumni network through his work with the school’s Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence. With community and service as a driving passion, John also serves on the boards of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, the Food Education Fund, and is a member of the NYC Hospitality Alliance.
In 2016, he received the “Next Generation” Award from the New York City Hospitality Alliance. John has been featured in publications including The New York Times, Fast Company, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Women’s Wear Daily, Bloomberg Business, Crain’s New York Business, and more. He currently lives in New York City with his wife Karin and their two daughters.