The Healthy Habits of Gastropub Guys

By night, NYC restaurateurs Brian McGrory and Donal Brophy run authentic anglophile eateries. By day, they're sweating out the joys of gastropub life.

As the restaurateurs behind the bustling West Village restaurants, Highlands and Whitehall, plus Montauk's Byron at the Surf Lodge, Brian McGrory and Donal Brophy spend their days and nights surrounded by food and booze. Even with all three of their restaurants as busy as ever, and their newly launched catering company on the rise, the Scot (McGrory) and the Irishman (Brophy) still manage to make it to the gym just about every morning. 

“As a restaurateur you are the face of your business, so you have to look good, go to the gym, take your vitamins, and drink your green juice,” says McGrory. Brophy adds, “From the beginning, our restaurants have always been about how do we create these Anglophile kind of restaurants and still challenge peoples’ notions of what it means to be Irish and Scottish. Underneath that, it’s trying to be healthy.” Their dedication to wellness, both in their personal lives and their business, has been essential to their success. Here, a look at how they do it.