Peter Hansen

Director of Operations
Benchmarc Restaurants by Marc Murphy

After spending his formative years touring the world with The New York City Ballet, Peter Hansen left the life of a dancer for the life as a rock star after an injury took him from the stage. His experiences as a dancer and on the New York City rock circuit (CBGB included), required an extreme level of discipline, long hours, the willingness to take direction from a number of sources and the ability to shake it off, step onstage and perform — not unlike working in the restaurant industry, which Peter dove into in 2002, coming to work with Marc Murphy at Landmarc (Tribeca) in 2004.


25 Things You Didn’t Know About Peter Hansen

  1. I graduated from high school in 3 years, then moved to NYC.
  2. Symphony in C, 2nd Movement.
  3. I don’t eat fruit.
  4. I can’t stand cats.
  5. Ketel One, up with olives.
  6. I know way more about precipitators and Ansul systems than anyone should know.
  7. My oldest son was born during Hurricane Sandy.
  8. I won a Vespa at a wine tasting at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. The odometer stopped working at 5,900 miles. It still gets me to work every day.
  9. At one stage in our lives, my mother, brother and I have all shared the title of Director of Operations at the same time.
  10. I love wearing extreme facial hair and wigs on Halloween.
  11. I’m incapable of multi-tasking.
  12. Die Antwood.
  13. Documentaries.
  14. First time driving stick, 35’ RV, wrong side of the road, wrong side of the car, New Zealand. Who needs rear view mirrors?
  15. I hated summer camp.
  16. My brother had a huge musical influence on my life. We’re 10-years + 1 day apart. He lives in Taiwan.
  17. My wife and my kids are my world. 2 boys and a girl:)
  18. My first guitar was a Gibson Black Beauty.
  19. I am a serial-luncher and can literally eat the same meal for weeks in a row.
  20. David Lombardo has helped me move three times.
  21. I can play Van Halen’s “Jump” on piano.
  22. If I weren’t Director of Operations, I’d be a US Marshall.
  23. I gained 20 lbs, eating Ditch Dogs, opening Ditch Plains West Village.
  24. I love walking Prince Street.
  25. I’m banned from doing the helicopter at weddings.