Jon has successfully managed restaurants for Rich Melman’s Lettuce Entertain You, Inc. (Maggiano’s Little Italy, P.J. Clarke’s, Cafe Ba Ba Reeba), and restaurateur Alex Dana’s Rosebud Restaurants (Centro, La Rosetta) prior to venturing out on his own.
Jon & wife Helene Albert opened Kitsch’n (2005 W. Roscoe, Chicago) in late 98′ when a longtime diner in Roscoe Village, just blocks from their home, became available. Working quickly, they converted it into a fun & funky 1970 ‘s retro diner serving up comfort food with a gourmet twist. Kitsch’n has since become a Chicago cult icon, and has been featured in Bon Appetit, on The Food Channel (Rachael Ray’s $40 a Day) and The Travel Channel for their delicious food and unique atmosphere, winning numerous awards and accolades. Comfort food and 1970’s fashion, design and culture have been getting more popular ever since.
Since opening Volo Restaurant Wine Bar with Chef/Partner Stephen Dunne in the spring of 2005 it has been awarded “Best Wine Bar”, and “Best Wine List” by Best of Citysearch for Chicago Nightlife and Restaurants, as well as being voted Top 10 for “Best Date Place”, and “Best Outdoor Dining” by AOL Cityguide (Chicago), and most recently “Best Alfresco” by Best of Chicago (WGN/CLTV).
Jon also collaborated with Volo Chef/Partner Stephen Dunne on their most recent venture, the iconic food & drink destination Paramount Room (a 5-time Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient) in Chicago’s West Loop.
In September of 2007 Jon & Helene formed Dine & Drink, Inc.with the primary goal of developing a brand identity their loyal customers can recognize, offering a full range of dedicated private event, catering and banquet options via their existing operations.
Jon lives with his wife Helene, and two children, Sean and Ana, in Chicago’s Roscoe Village neighborhood.