In 2008, Grutman opened the nightclub LIV at Fontainebleau after the famed hotel underwent an extensive renovation by ownership. LIV quickly proved to be an anchor after-hours attraction, attaining worldwide buzz and a celebrity clientele. After much acclaim for LIV’s success, David turned his attention to creating exceptional dining experiences and launched Komodo in 2015 and then more recently Swan and Swan Upstairs in the Miami Design District – the crown jewel of culture, real estate and aesthetics.
The Groot Hospitality portfolio continues to flourish under Grutman’s leadership. The collective now includes multiple nightclubs and restaurants around the city, and during the Spring of 2021 he opened his first hotel in collaboration with American record producer, rapper, singer, songwriter Pharrell Williams. While Miami will always be home, Grutman’s real estate and lifestyle brand expansion include new venues in Dallas and other cities.