Co-Owner & Partner
Brian Galati breaks traditional hospitality conventions to bring immersive, groundbreaking concepts to life. As Co-Owner and Partner of Headquarters Beercade and its parent company, Machine Hospitality Group, Galati provides uninhibited, unhinged creativity that creates the otherworldly, arcade-meets-bar, youth-meets-adult environments. Embracing Machine Hospitality Group’s moniker, “engineered dining and drink,” Galati turns obsolete technology, used-up contraptions, and anything else he finds into functional and decorative pieces that push boundaries and expectations. “The devil is in the details,” Galati says. “Nothing at Headquarters goes untouched—we transport guests into our own physical format, where they can forget about everything else and have a good time.
Galati began his hospitality career at Fireplace Inn, working in the back of the house while studying improv comedy at Second City. Finding a knack for the operations, he earned a front-of-house management position before turning 21, and then took on the bar and every other aspect of the restaurant’s workings, mastering them by 22.
Trading the restaurant environment for that of a bustling, high-volume nightclub, Galati became the manager for Tequila Roadhouse and began perfecting the party atmosphere. Encouraged by his success, he then took on the operations of the struggling Mystique nightclub, pulling together creative ideas to multiply the venue’s profits nearly tenfold. Eager to learn even more, he joined Ala Carte Entertainment to gain experience in managing a multiple-concept portfolio, managing Lincoln Park’s Lion Head and its second floor lounge, The Apartment.
Galati earned his marketing and advertising degree from Columbia College Chicago in 2004, and combined his on-the-job training with his formal education to conceptualize and launch Suite Lounge in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood. Though successful, Galati parted ways with Suite Lounge in 2007, and brought an unexpected concept to Lincoln Park with Uncle Fatty’s, a rum-centric Tiki bar with a rotating lineup of premier cover bands.
After meeting at Suite Lounge and growing as friends and business confidants, Galati collaborated with Chireal Jordan to open the first Headquarters Beercade in 2012. As the arcade-bar concept took off, it debuted a second location in River North in 2013 and became a national brand in 2015 with HQ Nashville.