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.
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 more recently “Best Alfresco” by Best of Chicago (WGN/CLTV), and “#1 Hidden City Patio” by Chicago Magazine.
Other projects also included collaborating with Volo Chef/Partner Stephen Dunne on their iconic food & drink destination Paramount Room (2007-2017), a 5-time consecutive Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient, and Michelin Guide Recommended spot in Chicago’s West Loop.
In late 1998, Jon & partner Helene Albert opened Kitsch’n (2005 W. Roscoe, Chicago) when a longtime diner in Roscoe Village 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 its delicious food and unique atmosphere, winning numerous awards and accolades.
Jon has been a Roscoe Village resident for over 20 years, raising his children there and supporting local schools and organizations.