Former Marine Ben Lubin of The Blind Monk Would Drum Truffle Oil Out of The Corps
With more than 300 bottles under his roof (and 35 by the glass offered daily), since opening in August of 2010, The Blind Monk wine and tapas bar in West Palm Beach has garnered a devoted crowd, revelers as far as Miami making the trek to owner Ben Lubin's wine bar hideaway located on a quiet side street a stone's throw from downtown Clematis Street and City Place.
Although Lubin served as a captain in the Marines and Afghanistan for much of the past decade, today you'll find him exploring a different terrain -- especially the Blind Monk's small kitchen, where Lubin displays his newly acquired culinary skills since graduating from New York City's French Culinary Institute. Even so, Lubin credits his overwhelming success to the support of his amazing staff, which includes general manager and sommelier Reese Fisher, and assistant general manager, Jason Hunt.
Lubin makes is number 20 on our Tastemaker list because he's given downtown West Palm Beach a new concept with a relaxed vibe, and helped to make the area that much more hip.