relationships with several "Rat Pack" celebrities including Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin played a roll in his successful career.
Together with his friend the late Jay Weiss, the pair spearheaded the transformation of South Beach into the trendy destination it's known for today when they purchased The Forge restaurant in 1968. There were plenty of bumps and detours along the road that led to The Forge's stellar reputation, but Malnik took them all in stride. With every new project — from the Sky Lake County Club, California Club residences, Brandsmart Building, Club 41, and Cricket Club condominium buildings to apartment complexes in California and Florida - Malnik's reputation as a savvy businessman and his personal business expertise continued to grow until it was nothing short of a fabulous success story.
Along with his business ventures, Al Malnik believes in giving back to the community and has donated both time and financial resources to a multitude of nonprofit organizations
including the Jay Weiss Center at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine, the Founders Society of the University of Miami, Mount Sinai Medical Center and he and his second wife Nancy have earned the title of "Lifetime Benefactor" for their contributions to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida.
While not seeking public recognition for his philanthropy, honors like the 2007 Outstanding Citizen of the Year award bestowed upon him by the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce hold special meaning. Al Malnik has taken his childhood promise to a level his parents may have never dreamed of and shared his life lessons with his family, business associates, and the community.