Illinois Wesleyan University Magazine: Turning the Tables

August 1st, 2012

Hard work and an unbeatable formula for success help
three Wesleyan friends-turned-partners make their mark 
on Chicago’s competitive dining scene. 




In March, they opened Old Town Pour House, a spacious, upscale bar and restaurant in one of Chicago’s most vibrant entertainment districts. It is Bottleneck’s fourth restaurant. They also operate Sweetwater Tavern & Grille on Michigan Avenue in the West Loop, The Boundary in the Wicker Park neighborhood and South Branch Tavern & Grille. Recently listed by the Chicago Tribune as one of the city’s “5 Hottest Outdoor Places,” South Branch features floor-to-ceiling views of the Chicago River and a 4,000-square-foot patio complete with a glass pavilion bar and retractable walls.