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Chef/Partner

Stephen Dunne

Stephen Dunne was drawn to cooking during his high school years in suburban Detroit. After working in various family-style eateries, he eventually earned a job in the kitchen at the Townsend Hotel. It was here where Stephen was first introduced to classic structure and cooking techniques; this exposure planted a seed of desire to dive headfirst into the world of cooking. With newfound direction, Stephen made post-graduation plans to move to New Orleans and work at the Windsor Court Hotel with Kevin Graham. Stephen’s years in New Orleans introduced him to a new world of cuisine, and he gained a deep appreciation for seafood otherwise missing from his midwestern upbringing. He feels that the time he spent in New Orleans was the best possible boot camp for what followed next in his culinary journey.

After leaving New Orleans, Stephen went on to San Francisco and landed a career-defining position at Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio. Here, he worked with some of the city’s most determined and talented chefs including Mitch Rosenthal, Giuseppe Scurato, and a myriad of others. During this invaluable experience, he developed his palate as well as his own style and work ethic. This is when Stephen began to define himself as a chef. After being exposed to the bounty of California talent flourishing in restaurants such as Spago, Rubicon, and The Fifth Floor, Stephen was inspired to take his next big leap and moved to Paris, France. While overseas, he worked at Lucas Carton, a 3 Michelin Star restaurant. Of his experience in France, Stephen uses one word: “grounding”.

His journey eventually brought Stephen back to the midwest. Upon arriving in Chicago, he took on Chef de Cuisine positions at both Spago Chicago and Michael Kornick’s MK prior to joining Jon Young in opening two ventures, Volo Restaurant Wine Bar and The Paramount Room.

Stephen currently resides in Chicago’s Roscoe Village an arm’s length away from Volo with his family: Julia, Calliope, and Rob The Dog.

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Managing Partner

Jon Young

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.

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Wine Director

Meghan Vandette

Meghan brings her passion and years of experience in the wine industry, curating Volo’s ever-changing list of 30 + boutique wines by the glass, plus a dozen more bottle-only offerings. Her rotating seasonal wine flights can feature highly allocated and hard to find gems that are sure to please!

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Director of Operations

Kathleen McGrath

With over 20 years in the industry, Kathleen lends her passion for food & drink, service, and atmosphere to ensure Volo dazzles. As part of the founding team, she has been involved both in the dining room and behind the scenes to help make Volo a success.