Gabriel Stulman first developed his passion for the hospitality industry while attending the University of Wisconsin- Madison and working in local restaurants. In 2009, after several years spent working in celebrated restaurants in New York, Gabriel and his wife Gina opened Joseph Leonard in the West Village, which became the foundation of their powerhouse restaurant group, Happy Cooking Hospitality. In the years since, Happy Cooking has added four more West Village restaurants to the family: Jeffrey’s Grocery, Fedora, bar Sardine, and Fairfax. In January 2018, Gabriel officially extended his empire to Flatiron with two new restaurants and a bar in the Freehand New York hotel: Studio, Simon & The Whale, and George Washington Bar. Gabriel has been featured in Crain’s New York Business “40 Under 40” and was named the 2012 “Restaurateur of the Year” by Esquire magazine.