Robert W. Sabes, a native of Minneapolis, is an entrepreneur with over four decades of experience in a wide variety of businesses—with a focus on the food and hospitality industries.
Mr. Sabes received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and began his career with his family’s institutional food service business, American Fruit and Produce Co. At American Fruit and Produce Co., Mr. Sabes served in a variety of leadership roles until its sale to Kraft Foods in 1988. Concurrent with his position at American Fruit and Produce, in 1976, Mr. Sabes founded Hospitality Plus, his first restaurant management corporation. Under Robert Sabes’ leadership, Hospitality Plus developed, owned, and operated numerous restaurant concepts including brand names such as the Rainbow Cafe, Freight House, Ground Round, Filberts, Plums, Bruegger’s Bagels, and Annie’s Parlor, just to name a few.
In 1991, Mr. Sabes relaunched the business as RW Sabes Enterprises and moved the headquarters from Minneapolis, MN to Las Vegas, NV. This move coincided with an initiative to develop new ventures and concepts in the region, including Minus 5 Ice Bars located at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, and the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. These unique hospitality establishments feature bars, furniture, decorations, and even glassware crafted entirely from sculpted ice.
More recently, Mr. Sabes was involved in the development of the New Bohemia German Restaurant concept in Minneapolis, MN. New Bohemia, which opened in 2012, offers over forty international and craft beers on tap as well as one hundred varieties of beer in bottles. Mr. Sabes has served as the Director of the Minnesota Restaurant Association, the Greater Minneapolis Hospitality Association, Oak Ridge Country Club, and the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, golfing, biking, and rowing.