Cyrus Leon Batchan is a business consultant in Sherman Oaks, California. He has significant “hands on” experience with businesses.
Currently, he is involved in the hospitality businesses Lock & Key, Nightshade, Skylight Nha Trang, and East-West Brewery (as Advisor).
Mr. Batchan grew up in a restaurant family and worked every job from dishwasher, cook, delivery driver to bartender. Initially, he managed an investment fund developing real estates all throughout the greater Los Angeles Area. In 2013, he opened Lock & Key, an upscale lounge, in Los Angeles. Most recently, he has been involved in Nightshade, the first restaurant for Top Chef winner Mei Lin along with partner Francis Miranda of N°8. The expansive space, which goes into the former Cerveteca, will feature a pan-Asian menu infused with modern touches and California sensibilities, with Lin herself calling the experience “fine food in a casual setting.” Think fine dining touches and plating with flavor influences from Italy, Japan, and China.
Event Management Experience
In the early 2000s, Cyrus Batchan gained event management experienced and produced some of San Diego’s most innovative, high-profile events, creating a large following. Some events included the Suba Event Series held at Ventanas night club and the Vitamin Water VIP Reception during the Action Sports Retailers Convention. Instrumental in the launch of 944 Magazine’s San Diego edition, Batchan not only designed and executed special events for the magazine, but was responsible for the outstanding promotion of the magazine to the desired demographics. Cyrus Batchan was the creative force behind the success of the entertainment and beverage program of the W San Diego Innovative events supported by artful marketing set a new standard in the San Diego nightlife market. In collaboration with BBC, Cyrus developed a management team responsible for the production of very notable events and “ground-up” marketing and promotional blueprints for nightlife venues in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Miami. Throughout his industry tenure, the BBC team has managed the marketing programs for TWILO, GROOVEJET, LIFE, ROXY, CENTRO-FLY, USA, TUNNEL, REHAB, PALLADIUM, and TAO Las Vegas.
Mr. Batchan received a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of San Diego, California, in 2007. During law school, he was the Class Representative for the SBA, Director of the Outreach Program for at-risk teens, and received the First Year Outstanding Oral Argument Award.
Before law school, he received a B.A. in Political Science/International Relations from California State University Fullerton, California, in 2000. He served as Chief Justice of the Associated Student Body Court, and as Outreach Coordinator for “Making Transfer Easy.”
Since 2015, Cyrus Batchan, has been a volunteer representative of Living Through Giving Foundation and the program #HashtagLunchbag. Cyrus facilitates the #HashtagLunchbag Vietnam chapter in providing housing and meal distribution for the Vietnamese community.
Blog on Hospitality Business
For the benefit of young restaurant entrepreneurs, Cyrus Batchan shares his insights and experiences on his Blog at https://cyrusbatchan.blogspot.com/
One of the most anticipated Los Angeles restaurant openings is Nightshade, of 2014 Eater Young Gun and Top Chef season 12 winner Mei Lin. Mei Lin partnered with Cyrus Batchan and Francis Miranda of N°8 (Lock & Key in Koreatown) to build out a modern, wood-lined dining room with hanging lamps, lush greenery, and matching banquettes. Read what about what it takes to set up such a restaurant.