The Pulse of FAT Village – the Art of Reimagination

Date(s) - February 16, 2023
7:30am to 9:00am

Broward College

Tim Petrillo, CEO & Founder, The Restaurant People

Alan Hooper, Founder and President of Hooper Construction and Partner in TRP

 Alan Kennedy, Managing Director at Hines

Our speakers  will present the latest developments planned for FAT Village, a look into the real estate market of FAT Village along with the overall growth and development of Downtown Fort Lauderdale. We will get the first hand news from the “experts”, the developers.

Tim Petrillo, CEO & Founder, The Restaurant People (TRP)

Founded in 1997, The Restaurant People (TRP) has developed, managed, and operated more than 70 restaurants since its inception, delivering ground-breaking culinary and hospitality experiences that engage South Floridians and continuously exceed expectation. The premier Fort Lauderdale-based hospitality group has conceptualized and brought to life some of the most in-demand restaurants and nightlife venues in the market for over two decades. TRP has owned and operates various full service restaurants from quick-casual to fine dining throughout Florida.

Tim is also CEO & Founder  of Urbanstreet Development for 17 years. Urban Street Development is a full-service development firm that is operated from an owner’s perspective. They are one of the few developers that self-perform all aspects of development, real estate acquisition, design/build construction, leasing and sales, and property management. Just a few mentions: Queue Apartments – 200 Unit residential apartment building in downtown Fort Lauderdale, New River Trading Post Development – 36,000 square foot Mix use project in the entertainment district of Fort Lauderdale comprising of 7000 square feet office, 7000 square feet retail, 6500 square foot Maritime Museum and 8 work/live loft units,  Foundry/Mill Lofts – A residential project in the heart of Flagler Village that is comprised of 70-loft style units, Flagler Storage (Extra Space Self Storage) 100,000 square foot self storage facility in Downtown Fort Lauderdale,  Atlantic Avenue East — 32,000 square foot Mixed Use project on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach entertainment district comprising of 12,000 square feet office, 20,000 square feet of restaurant & retail.


Alan C. Hooper, Real Estate Re-Developer

A native of Fort Lauderdale, Alan Hooper co-founded and operates Urban Street Development, and is a partner in The Restaurant People, Inc., and Founder and President of Hooper Construction.

For the past 25 years, he has planned, designed, developed, constructed, and managed approximately 2 million square feet of neighborhood mixed use projects. Alan Hooper is the man behind many Fort Lauderdale staples, leaving his mark on Tarpon Bend, YOLO, Avenue Lofts and more.  Along with his partner, Tim Petrillo, Alan has built a “re-development” business that focuses on revitalization in areas within a downtown market that possess the best potential for growth and renewed lifestyle.  Over the years his companies have implemented great care and pride to develop projects within these urban neighborhoods that can deliver added value not only for the projects but for the community as a whole.

Community Organizations:

  • Downtown Development Authority of Fort Lauderdale – Board Member/Past Chair
  • Broward County Transportation Surtax Independent Oversight Board – Chair
  • Broward County Performing arts Center Authority (PACA) Board of Director
  • Downtown Transportation Management Association – Past Chair
  • Broward Workshop – Executive Board
  • Broward Center for the Performing Arts Foundation – Board of Directors


Alan Kennedy is a Managing Director at Hines and is responsible for securing and managing various real estate projects in the Southeast Region of the United States.  Hines is a privately owned global real estate investment, development and management firm, founded in 1957, with a presence in 314 cities in 28 countries and $92.3 billion¹ of investment assets under management and more than 102.1 million square feet of assets for which Hines provides third-party property-level services. Alan has been with Hines for 18 years with the primary focus on his business being in the mixed-use space. Since joining Hines in 2005, he has been involved in the development, management and leasing of over 4.5 million SF of office, retail and multifamily projects and has led the master planning of over 7.5 million SF of mixed-use projects; most recently a 228,893-square-foot office building within Alpharetta, GA ’s highly successful Village of Avalon, an 86-acre mixed-use master development. Mr. Kennedy has a mechanical engineering degree from Georgia Tech and a MBA from Emory University.