Richard Welcovitz’s passion around bars and restaurants began in his early years working for local restaurants in the Philadelphia area. His experience taught him about restaurant operations and the art of making customers happy. Richard’s food and beverage career has spanned 35 years where he has worked with great companies such as T.G.I. Fridays, Bally’s Park Place in Atlantic City, and Penn National Race Course, where he served as the food and beverage director.
In 2000, Richard was given the opportunity to join the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, where he ran an assortment of the restaurants and premier lounges on property. These included the award-winning Artist Point restaurant and the Flying Fish restaurant, which are both recognized by Santé Magazine for their wine list and outstanding service. Richard was also fortunate to serve on the opening teams for the Top of the World Lounge at the world-renowned Contemporary Resort and the bars and lounges at Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii.
Richard currently serves as a business relations manager at Disney Springs where he works as a liaison between the operating participant businesses such as Art Smith’s Homecoming, Morimoto by Iron Chef Morimoto, and Frontera by Rick Bayless, and the Walt Disney Company. In addition to his expansive food and beverage background, Richard received his sommelier certification in 2003. He regularly shares his wine knowledge with his clients, which helps to enhance their businesses. He is also a recipient of Disney’s prestigious Legacy Award, which is a lifetime achievement award for Walt Disney Company.