Archive for April, 2009
SHAREEF AND YASEEN MALNIK
Yaseen Malnik’s childhood was certainly not typical: He resided on Ocean Drive, watched his father, Shareef Malnik, race boats, and hobnobbed at The Forge with stars such as Michael Jackson and Madonna. That’s all par for the course for the married 24-year-old boxing promoter, who eschewed the restaurant business for the fight world. Shareef, whose father, Alvin Malnik, bought The Forge in 1968, also took a circuitous route as a youngster before taking over the venerable Miami Beach steak house in 1992. Since then, Shareef, 50, has made the eatery into celeb central, upped the gourmet quotient and reenergized the brand. He’s even opening a satellite location in Dubai next year. Yaseen, whose number-one contender is Francisco “El Gato” Figueroa, puts that same dedication into his boxing bouts. “I need to uphold a legacy of integrity, honor and loyalty, which my grandfather started and my father continued,” he notes. As for whether Yaseen will ever run Miami’s Best Restaurant, The Forge, Shareef says, “That’s up to him.”
Shot on location at the Malnik South Beach home.