John returned to the North Pond family in December 2019, taking over as Managing Partner and GM. He had been with us fifteen years earlier serving as General Manager and we are thrilled to have him back in the fold. A native Michigander, John began his Chicago career as a concierge at The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and in Chicago in Food and Beverage at the Ritz Carlton. He then went on to work at notable Chicago mainstays including Lettuce Entertain You’s Scoozi!, mk and most recently, Sepia. John is a thoughtful and collaborative leader and mentor and has a knack for getting the best out of his staff.