My mother is a gourmet cook and she taught me how to cook when I was 7 years old. Food and cooking have been a passion throughout my entire life.
I’ve been talking about owning a restaurant since I was 10. The goal when we started designing my first restaurant in South Bend, Uptown Kitchen, was to create something that has the funky, urban atmosphere found in a bigger city restaurants like those in Chicago, where I am from, or San Francisco (which is one of my favorite eating cities in the world).
So we wanted to create something that was bright and happy with a fun energy. When people walk in, we want them to say “Wow, we’ve never seen anything like this around here!” I think we’ve achieved that.
My long-term plan is to have somewhere between seven and ten restaurants in the South Bend area, all connected by the Uptown Dining Group. Uptown Kitchen is the first restaurant I created because we have three young children at home. We try to live a healthy, active lifestyle and when we go out for dinner with our kids, unless it’s pasta, it’s very difficult in this town to get them to eat food that’s not deep fried.
From my family to yours,
Eat Well. Drink Well. Be Happy.