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Christine Van Rooy

Managing Principal

Christine van Rooy’s entire career has been dedicated to the development & success of bars and restaurants.  Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Christine started in hospitality at the age of 15.  She has worked her way up from server to manager, while completing her advanced education in Architectural Design.  Upon receiving her degree, Christine chose to continue specializing in the development of new hospitality concepts; restaurants, boutique hotels, nightclubs, and casinos on an international scale.


She gained her experience working with recognized restaurant and bar corporations such as Hillstone Restaurant Group, J. Alexanders, MGM International, The Venetian/Sands Corporation to name a few.  Drawing from this broad base of relevant experience, Christine creates highly rational and energetic design concepts that embrace both the practical and aesthetic requirements of her clients, resulting in spaces that are both fun and functional.  


Since creating VANROOY design, Christine and Jerry have made it their passion to work with independent restaurant and bar owners.  Providing them the tools they need to stand out in an ever changing hospitality landscape.  They created an alliance of professionals in branding, graphics, marketing, food consulting, menu development & business development … who all work together to create kick-ass establishments.


Within the studio, Christine provides critical oversight of the design process, from initial strategic planning exercises through the development of construction documents.  She uses a deep understanding of her client’s brand and culture to inform creative, cost-effective design solutions that support their business paradigms.  Throughout the design phases, she ensures that these key concepts are translated into the project details and documentation, and then executed to the high standards established by the practice.  Christine is a certified interior designer and holds a Bachelor of Interior Design degree from California State University at Long Beach.


Christine has been recognized as one of the Top 20 New Designers to Watch and her restaurants have won awards such as "Best New Restaurant", “Best New Bar”, “Top 100 Grossing Bars in the Nation”, and the list goes on.


Christine continues to participate as a professional mentor for her industry through and annual keynote lecture series, mentoring, and workshops.

My Speakers Sessions

Monday, March 27