About Jim Cafarelli
Jim Cafarelli has more than 40 years of concept development and construction management experience. His impressive client list includes House of Blues, The Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios, Chelsea Football Club, David Copperfield, Motown, Greg Norman, Quincy Jones, Comcast, and Mohegan Sun.
Starting in Boston with The Flatley Company and later with his own firm, CAFCO Development Inc., Jim has successfully overseen the design and opening of several hundred venues nationwide. As President of House Of Blues Development Corp. he designed and opened locations in Cambridge, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Chicago, Myrtle Beach, Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Las Vegas. As co-founder of The Olive Group Corp. he opened 10 restaurants, including Olives in New York, Las Vegas, Aspen, and Washington, D.C. and Tuscany at Mohegan Sun.
In 2012, Billboard Magazine named six of his venues among the top nine “25 Hottest Clubs in North America,” including the #1 spot: House of Blues Orlando. Rolling Stone Magazine crowned his House of Blues Chicago as one of the Top 20 "Venues that Rock - Best Big Rooms in America.” His music venue at Chelsea Football Club was named Best New Venue in the UK.
Jim and his wife Kathy own Rustic Kitchen at Mohegan Pennsylvania and produce live culinary entertainment shows. They have won four Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, New England Chapter.