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Bruce started his career in the restaurant industry “unofficially” at the age of 4, where he would spend his weekends as a “greeter” at his grandmother’s restaurant the Rathskellar in Chicago, IL.
After graduating school, Bruce worked for Levy Restaurants for 9 years starting as a Manager at Chestnut Street Grill, Spiaggia, and Bistro 110, then promoted to General Manager and Managing Partner at Lincoln Park Zoo, then Director of Operations for the Rose Garden, home of the Portland Trail Blazers. Bruce was also part of new opening and takeover accounts: Kiel Center, Jacobs Field, US Air Arena, Joe Robbie Stadium and McCormick Place Convention Center.
In 1995, Bruce joined Gordon Biersch Brewery as their General Manager of the highest volume 7mm a year Honolulu, Hawaii restaurant. Two years later he opened his own BBQ Crab Shack – Dixie Grill in Honolulu.
In 1999, he joined Darden Restaurants Bahama Breeze and was the General Manager of their Raleigh, NC location. In 2001 he returned home to Chicago as the Regional Director for Marshall Field’s & then Macy’s Food Division, with responsibility for up to 18 restaurants in 3 states. In 2006, Bruce was contacted by Famous Dave Anderson, to be part of the creation and start up of KeyLime Cove Water Resort in Gurnee, IL, and in 2008, joined EHS Hospitality Group as the Owner of the Chicago market. Although I specialize in the Chicago market, my office also works all areas of the US for our clients and candidates to meet their needs.