In the U.S. version of "The Departed" (The Departed), there is a figure named Robert Chan's Chinese gang leader, might not many people pay attention to this role, but in real life, Chen Jiayuan (Robert "Toshi"
Chan) is well-known for a young Manhattan hotel magnate. His latest hotel project - located on the 26th Street "Iron Hotel" (Flatiron
Hotel) and the hotel on the first floor of Toshi's Living Room Bar is very popular among young people.
Although Robert "Toshi" Chan's name rarely appears in the Chinese community, even people speculate that he might be the ancestors of the Chinese race Latin Americans, but Chen Jiayuan first side in an interview he explained that he was a hundred percent Chinese, Cantonese fluently, But Mandarin not. Origin born in Hong Kong, Guangzhou's mother and father arrived in San Francisco in 1973, not long after, gave birth to him. He is also an only child.
Chen Jiayuan said he grew up in a typical immigrant families. Mother working at the post office, his father worked as a social worker, ran a grocery store. He himself in San Francisco a Catholic secondary school, grew up poor communication, the students even can not remember his name, most people just call him "Chan". But he touches on a very popular Japanese classmates Toshi memories, so many years later in New York to start their own business, he just put Toshi as his own personal brand.
After graduating from high school, Chen Jiayuan came to New York, enrolled at Columbia University Department of Mathematics, and has since changed the talkative style, the school became well known Party king, when held up to 4,000 people attended the party, and thus he earned a lot of money. During the study he also had a bartender elective courses, and let him thus generate interest in this area.
Before graduation, Chen Jiayuan found an internship at Citibank, and soon after became a bond trader, responsible for tens of millions of dollars every bond trading. Chen Jiayuan, said at the time he learned the most important lesson is that the best traders to be able to in the case of incomplete information to make the best choice, it is his secret for business success later.
Working on Wall Street after more than five years, Chen Jiayuan left Citibank, he made a lot of people shook their heads to hear the decision - He was going to be an actor. He also used his savings to make the down payment, bought the East Fourth Street, Lower East Side apartment, and later moved not far from the famous Puck Building. In the following 10 years, Chen Jiayuan hand starred in TV series, movies and Broadway plays, on the other hand continue to organize various large-scale gatherings, to make money by selling tickets and begin buying and selling a variety of real estate. Although so far he has not performed a few can make people remember the role, but his party and the hotel business is done fast.
End of July in 2011, Chen Jiayuan depend on his intuition, bought the then beleaguered Midtown Manhattan "Iron Hotel", in addition 2-12 floor rooms accidents, he was in the lobby and roof were opened the Toshi's Living Room and Penthouse bar. Opened two years, business is booming, even every Monday are able to usher in five six hundred guests.
Chen Jiayuan, said his bar is to make the most important features guests the feeling of home, so called "Toshi's Living Room "(Toshi living room). Besides, he also met with a dozen young band to establish a partnership and hope for these young people in music provide a good performance space. Chen Jiayuan said that usually many bars don't treat the bands well, but he insisted to change this situation, he wants to help those young successful band is currently working with him one of the band L Musik has been invited to perform at Obama's inauguration.
Although business is booming, but Chen Jiayuan also said that nothing is easy, nothing can be all smooth sailing. Fortunately, this is his favorite cause, so more bothering him too fun. How often invite parents to come for a short stay at the hotel, Chen Jiayuan jokes that his mother refused to live in the hotel, always insisting to stay in his house.