Born in Montenegro, from where he emigrated in 1968, Paul Nicaj worked his way up to become a legend in the hospitality industry in New York City. He began his career in the restaurant and hospitality at The Plaza Hotel, where he started as a bus boy in the Edwardian Room. As Director of Restaurants and catering at the Plaza, Paul was responsible for overseeing the entire $50 million operation and was the creator of the legendary Sunday Brunch in the Palm Court. After spending 28 years at The Plaza, where he actually lived for much of that time, he moved to Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts and spent 6 years at The Pierre Hotel.
He has operated a number of restaurants and banquet operations in conjunction Donald Trump. Currently, Paul is the Managing Partner of Battery Gardens located on the waterfront in Battery Park a Restaurant/Banquet operation consisting of a 250 seat banquet facility and 120 seat indoor Restaurant along with a 200 seat outdoor restaurant and grill.
These days he is known as Uncle Paul, and he casts a long shadow in the world of event planning.