An Austin entrepreneur, Matt is responsible for creating some of the city’s most celebrated and recognized nightlife venues. His experience in the bar and restaurant industry is extensive, having worked in the industry since 1988. In November of 1997, he and a partner opened their first bar, Lucky Lounge, on West 5th Street. Since then, Matt’s organization has grown to include Lavaca Street Bar & Grill, The Belmont, Star Bar, The Wheel, Gibson Street Bar, Rattle Inn Bar and Dance Hall and Mean Eyed Cat. Together with Jeff, Matt made his foray into festival bar operations over 10 years ago. Along with his FBR team, he has built a reputation as a valued consultant for large-scale events and festivals around the country. Matt is heavily invested in the Austin community and greatly enjoys supporting and working with other local businesses and charitable organizations.