Davidson promotes Bill Hanson to VP, F&B

Hospitality management company Davidson Hospitality Group has promoted Bill Hanson to VP, food & beverage within Davidson Restaurant Group (DRG), the company’s dedicated food and beverage operating vertical.

“Since joining the Davidson family in 2018, Bill and the DRG team have played an integral role in the transition of more than 60 hotel transitions growing from 80 restaurants and bars to 230 at present—plus banquets and catering,” said DRG SVP Greg Griffie. “Based on Bill’s steadfast leadership and dedication, the company’s food and beverage culture has shifted to a truly inspired entrepreneurial, restaurant-focused operation.”

Prior to joining Davidson, Hanson launched the food and beverage division of MilkBoy as owner/operator. Milkboy started as a recording studio in Philadelphia, which parlayed into the opening of a restaurant, bar, coffeehouse and live music venue. A second location in Philadelphia opened on South St., and a third debuted in College Park, MD, called Milkboy ArtHouse. Earlier in his career, Hanson led notable operations and openings with Stephen Starr: Buddakan, Alma de Cuba (Chef Douglas Rodriguez and Iron Chef Jose Garces), Continental Midtown and Washington Square (with Chef Marcus Samuelson).