When appropriate, we expand our team to include our outstanding partners: celebrity chefs and restaurant operators, business and brand strategists, and architects and designers.

 
 
 

Culinary Partners

Gale Gand

CONSULTING PARTNER

Gale Gand is pastry chef/partner of the newly opened SpritzBurger in Chicago, a collaboration with The Hearty Boys. She is partner of the Michelin one star, Tru, with Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants. Gale was the host of Food Network “Sweet Dreamsand has authored 8 books. She produces Gale’s Root Beer, has received two James Beard Awards, has been inducted to the Chicago Chefs Hall of Fame and is the mother of 3.


Dan Smith

CONSULTING PARTNER

Dan Smith, one half of The Hearty Boys, has been one of the trend setting caterers in Chicago for the last 15 years, feeding the likes of President Obama and Oprah Winfrey as well as producing events for 10 to 10,000. He and partner Steve McDonagh were the original Next Food Network Star winners and subsequently had their own series, “Party Line with The Hearty Boys”. Chicago restaurants include HB, Hearty and most recently SpritzBurger with Gale Gand. Cookbooks include “Talk with Your Mouth Full” and “The New Old Bar.”

 
 
 

Design Partners

The Gettys Group

DESIGN CONSULTANTS

The Gettys Group is an award-winning global hospitality design firm specializing in interior design, consulting, branding & procurement. They operate at the intersection of strategy, design and implementation, and are extraordinary in our capacity to execute brilliantly in Interior Design, Consulting, Branding and Procurement. This organizational strategy has produced a fluid interchange of expertise, which enables The Gettys Group to drive innovative, and authentic solutions to every project.


Avenir Creative

DESIGN CONSULTANTS

Founded by Julie Purpura and Allison Delaney, Avenir Creative is a concept-driven design firm that believes successful design begins with a story. Avenir provides this through the use of strong narratives and supporting imagery based on client needs and project research. They strive to exceed clients' expectation by providing great design with an end result that not only tells a story, it shapes an experience.

 
 
 

Business Strategy Partners

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Richard Kincaid

BUSINESS ADVISOR

Richard Kincaid was the president and chief executive officer of Equity Office Properties Trust, until its acquisition by the Blackstone Group in February of 2007. He is currently the President and Founder of the BeCause Foundation. Mr. Kincaid is also an active private investor in early stage companies. He is currently an investor/advisor/director for 10 early stage companies in healthcare, social media, biotechnology, media and parking. 


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Breean Elyse Miller

BRAND + BUSINESS STRATEGIST

Breean’s creative mindset fuels the way she builds brands and businesses. With 10+ years of experience, Breean has worked with startups and big businesses to clarify their purpose and creatively bring their vision to life in the form of brand and business strategy. She holds a Master’s in Public Relations and Advertising from DePaul University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Design Methods from the Institute of Design.


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Steve Frishman

REAL ESTATE PARTNER

Steve Frishman joined Mid-America Real Estate in 1988 and in 2002 became a Principal of the firm.   Mr. Frishman has been the recipient of the Top Retail Broker of The Year Award from both the Chicago Sun Times and Crain’s Chicago Business. Mr. Frishman’s concentration within the restaurant industry has resulted in a long list of successful market rollouts including the following tenants: Outback, Carrabba’s, Bone Fish, Chili’s, Maggiano’s, Fleming’s Steakhouse, Buffalo Wild Wings, Famous Dave’s BBQ, Chick-fil-A , Portillo’s, Chipotle, Noodles & Company, Roti, Sonic, Five Guys, MOD Pizza, Nando’s and many others.