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As of February 1st, 2021, Bar Ramone will be temporarily closed for dinner, carry-out and delivery. In the meantime, enjoy bottles of wine to-go or join Bar Ramone’s Custom Wine Collective! Click below to learn more.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the restaurant again soon!

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Our Team

Marc Jacobs

Executive Partner and Divisional President

Marc began his career with Lettuce Entertain You (LEYE) in the fall of 1991, as a banquet server and busser at Bones (now L. Woods) in Lincolnwood, Illinois. After being cross-trained as a server, host and line cook, Marc became a manager of the restaurant upon his graduation from UIC in the summer ... [read more]

of 1995. Two years later, Marc was transferred to R.J. Grunts, LEYE’s first restaurant, and was quickly promoted to General Manager. It was there that he first worked alongside Rich Melman on the re-development of the restaurant, which went on to launch what would become Marc’s lifelong career in restaurants and hospitality. In Marc’s 29 years with LEYE, he has been a Partner for 14 years and has led the creation, design and re-concept of more than 16 restaurants across Chicagoland. Today, his portfolio includes Beatrix; a restaurant and coffeehouse located in River North, Streeterville, Fulton Market and Oak Brook, Beatrix Market; a quick and healthful grab and go experience with five locations and growing, Ēma; a Mediterranean and California-inspired restaurant, Aba; the sister restaurant to Ēma, featuring a restaurant and patio in Chicago and Austin, TX, The Dalcy; LEYE’s private event hall in Fulton Market and Bar Ramone; a wine bar featuring Spanish tapas. Marc is centered around his love for restaurant design, menu development and team building. His restaurants and chefs have earned many accolades including a Michelin Bib Gourmand and a spot on Chicago’s top restaurant lists from Zagat, Eater and the Chicago Tribune. Outside of the restaurants, Marc sits on LEYE’s Executive Board, is a member of the LEYE Consulting Group and is an Advisory Council member at DePaul’s School of Hospitality Leadership. He enjoys spending time with his wife Vanessa and their three children, Samantha, Alexandra and Gabriel, visiting new restaurants, and traveling.

Marc began his career with Lettuce Entertain You (LEYE) in the fall of 1991, as a banquet server and busser at Bones (now L. Woods) in Lincolnwood, Illinois. After being cross-trained as a server, host and line cook, Marc became a manager of the restaurant upon his graduation from UIC in the summer of 1995. Two years later, Marc was transferred to R.J. Grunts, LEYE’s first restaurant, and was quickly promoted to General Manager. It was there that he first worked alongside Rich Melman on the re-development of the restaurant, which went on to launch what would become Marc’s lifelong career in restaurants and hospitality. In Marc’s 29 years with LEYE, he has been a Partner for 14 years and has led the creation, design and re-concept of more than 16 restaurants across Chicagoland. Today, his portfolio includes Beatrix; a restaurant and coffeehouse located in River North, Streeterville, Fulton Market and Oak Brook, Beatrix Market; a quick and healthful grab and go experience with five locations and growing, Ēma; a Mediterranean and California-inspired restaurant, Aba; the sister restaurant to Ēma, featuring a restaurant and patio in Chicago and Austin, TX, The Dalcy; LEYE’s private event hall in Fulton Market and Bar Ramone; a wine bar featuring Spanish tapas. Marc is centered around his love for restaurant design, menu development and team building. His restaurants and chefs have earned many accolades including a Michelin Bib Gourmand and a spot on Chicago’s top restaurant lists from Zagat, Eater and the Chicago Tribune. Outside of the restaurants, Marc sits on LEYE’s Executive Board, is a member of the LEYE Consulting Group and is an Advisory Council member at DePaul’s School of Hospitality Leadership. He enjoys spending time with his wife Vanessa and their three children, Samantha, Alexandra and Gabriel, visiting new restaurants, and traveling.

Hisanobu Osaka

Chef/Partner

Chef Hisanobu Osaka, a native from Japan, started his culinary journey after graduating from Tsuji Culinary School in Osaka—Japan’s most famous culinary school. Chef Osaka has been working in the culinary industry for more than 30 years focusing on both Japanese and French cuisine. In 2002, ... [read more]

Chef Osaka joined Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto to work as a sous chef for his restaurants in Philadelphia and New York. Chef Osaka was able to influence menu development as well as further master his craft. In 2009, he went on to work with Chef Daniel Boulud at Café Boulud and Daniel in New York (where Daniel won three Michelin stars in 2010) before returning to Chef Morimoto’s team as a corporate chef where he assisted with training and menu development at Morimoto Napa, Waikiki, Mexico, and Miami. Chef Osaka was also part of the opening team for Chef Morimoto’s Canvas in New York as well as his restaurant in Chicago. Shortly after his arrival in Chicago, Chef Osaka joined Lettuce Entertain You as a corporate chef and served as the visiting chef of Intro from November 2016 – January 2017. Currently, Chef Osaka works alongside chefs in the Lettuce Entertain You test kitchen assisting in menu development for new concepts and existing brands including for Naoki Sushi, Wow Bao, Aba, Booth One and more. Chef Osaka opened Lettuce Entertain You’s first wine bar, Bar Ramone.

Chef Hisanobu Osaka, a native from Japan, started his culinary journey after graduating from Tsuji Culinary School in Osaka—Japan’s most famous culinary school. Chef Osaka has been working in the culinary industry for more than 30 years focusing on both Japanese and French cuisine. In 2002, Chef Osaka joined Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto to work as a sous chef for his restaurants in Philadelphia and New York. Chef Osaka was able to influence menu development as well as further master his craft. In 2009, he went on to work with Chef Daniel Boulud at Café Boulud and Daniel in New York (where Daniel won three Michelin stars in 2010) before returning to Chef Morimoto’s team as a corporate chef where he assisted with training and menu development at Morimoto Napa, Waikiki, Mexico, and Miami. Chef Osaka was also part of the opening team for Chef Morimoto’s Canvas in New York as well as his restaurant in Chicago. Shortly after his arrival in Chicago, Chef Osaka joined Lettuce Entertain You as a corporate chef and served as the visiting chef of Intro from November 2016 – January 2017. Currently, Chef Osaka works alongside chefs in the Lettuce Entertain You test kitchen assisting in menu development for new concepts and existing brands including for Naoki Sushi, Wow Bao, Aba, Booth One and more. Chef Osaka opened Lettuce Entertain You’s first wine bar, Bar Ramone.

Richard Hanauer

Associate Partner

Richard Hanauer began his wine studies around the family dinner table before eventually making it his career. He studied Hospitality at Syracuse University, worked in restaurants in Chicago’s West Loop, and in 2008 he joined Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises as a sommelier. In 2013, Hanauer joined... [read more]

the RPM Restaurants team as Wine Director, where he continues to oversee the beverage programs for RPM Italian and RPM Steak in Chicago, along with RPM Italian in Washington, D.C. In 2018, Hanauer opened the Spanish-inspired wine bar, Bar Ramone, where he is a partner. Hanauer started his wine career working as the sommelier at 160Blue and as a fine wine expert for Levy Restaurants. His career in wine truly came to fruition in 2008 when he was named sommelier of Tru Restaurant in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood at the age of 25—the youngest person to ever hold that title at Tru. After having worked there for three years and obtaining his Advanced Certificate from the Court of Master Sommeliers, Hanauer joined L2O restaurant as Wine Director. There, he began crafting one of the world’s finest white wine and champagne menus. In 2013, he joined the RPM Italian team, and soon after began planning the cellars of forthcoming sister restaurant, RPM Steak. Today, he serves as Wine Director for the RPM Restaurants and other projects within Lettuce Entertain You.   During his time at Tru, the restaurant received a James Beard Foundation Award for best service in the country and a Grand Cru Award for its wine list, which is the highest attainable distinction from Wine Spectator magazine. While at L2O, the restaurant received its prestigious third Michelin star; simultaneously Zagat named Hanauer a “30 under 30”. After opening RPM Steak, Hanauer was named “Sommelier of the Year” by Food & Wine magazine in 2015. Since then, all three RPM restaurants have received Wine Spectator’s “Best of” Awards of Excellence as well as three out of three stars from the World of Fine Wine magazine’s awards. Hanauer currently lives in Chicago (and has no plans of changing that) with his wife, Kristen, and pup, Porcini. His greatest pride is the sommeliers with whom he gets to work alongside as well as the fact that he can be at the RPM Restaurants in Chicago while studying for his Master Sommelier diploma.

Richard Hanauer began his wine studies around the family dinner table before eventually making it his career. He studied Hospitality at Syracuse University, worked in restaurants in Chicago’s West Loop, and in 2008 he joined Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises as a sommelier. In 2013, Hanauer joined the RPM Restaurants team as Wine Director, where he continues to oversee the beverage programs for RPM Italian and RPM Steak in Chicago, along with RPM Italian in Washington, D.C. In 2018, Hanauer opened the Spanish-inspired wine bar, Bar Ramone, where he is a partner. Hanauer started his wine career working as the sommelier at 160Blue and as a fine wine expert for Levy Restaurants. His career in wine truly came to fruition in 2008 when he was named sommelier of Tru Restaurant in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood at the age of 25—the youngest person to ever hold that title at Tru. After having worked there for three years and obtaining his Advanced Certificate from the Court of Master Sommeliers, Hanauer joined L2O restaurant as Wine Director. There, he began crafting one of the world’s finest white wine and champagne menus. In 2013, he joined the RPM Italian team, and soon after began planning the cellars of forthcoming sister restaurant, RPM Steak. Today, he serves as Wine Director for the RPM Restaurants and other projects within Lettuce Entertain You.   During his time at Tru, the restaurant received a James Beard Foundation Award for best service in the country and a Grand Cru Award for its wine list, which is the highest attainable distinction from Wine Spectator magazine. While at L2O, the restaurant received its prestigious third Michelin star; simultaneously Zagat named Hanauer a “30 under 30”. After opening RPM Steak, Hanauer was named “Sommelier of the Year” by Food & Wine magazine in 2015. Since then, all three RPM restaurants have received Wine Spectator’s “Best of” Awards of Excellence as well as three out of three stars from the World of Fine Wine magazine’s awards. Hanauer currently lives in Chicago (and has no plans of changing that) with his wife, Kristen, and pup, Porcini. His greatest pride is the sommeliers with whom he gets to work alongside as well as the fact that he can be at the RPM Restaurants in Chicago while studying for his Master Sommelier diploma.

John Economos

Partner

John Economos first began his restaurant career with Lettuce Entertain You in 2006 at Di Pescara in Northbrook, IL. Since then, he has gained experience at a number of restaurants within LEYE’s portfolio, including Petterinos, Foodlife, Foodease, Beatrix, Beatrix Market and Bar Ramone. In 2... [read more]

013, John joined the opening management team at Beatrix River North. He was instrumental in the development of the restaurant’s coffee and music programs and also worked with mixologists to create the fresh-squeezed juice cocktail menu. In 2015, John was promoted to General Manager and led the opening team of Beatrix Streeterville. He helped create the first Beatrix Market, a quick grab and go experience, while also continuing to drive the beverage culture for the Beatrix brand. John is now a Partner, and most recently assisted with the opening of LEYE's first wine bar, Bar Ramone, located in the River North neighborhood of Chicago.   When John is not in the restaurants, he enjoys going to concerts and spending time with his wife, Jenny and their son, George.

John Economos first began his restaurant career with Lettuce Entertain You in 2006 at Di Pescara in Northbrook, IL. Since then, he has gained experience at a number of restaurants within LEYE’s portfolio, including Petterinos, Foodlife, Foodease, Beatrix, Beatrix Market and Bar Ramone. In 2013, John joined the opening management team at Beatrix River North. He was instrumental in the development of the restaurant’s coffee and music programs and also worked with mixologists to create the fresh-squeezed juice cocktail menu. In 2015, John was promoted to General Manager and led the opening team of Beatrix Streeterville. He helped create the first Beatrix Market, a quick grab and go experience, while also continuing to drive the beverage culture for the Beatrix brand. John is now a Partner, and most recently assisted with the opening of LEYE's first wine bar, Bar Ramone, located in the River North neighborhood of Chicago.   When John is not in the restaurants, he enjoys going to concerts and spending time with his wife, Jenny and their son, George.

Alex Trim

Chef

Alex Trim grew up with his family and grandparents in Northaw, a tiny village just north of London. When he was fifteen, he moved to Asheville, North Carolina and explored his passion for cooking by working in restaurants part-time. Three years later, and after realizing that he wanted to be a chef,... [read more]

Alex moved to Delray Beach, Florida where he worked at many notable restaurants including The Office and Chops City Grill. Seeking a big city and more opportunity, Alex moved to Chicago in 2015 to join the team at Alinea. Shortly after, Alex became a part of the Lettuce Entertain You family where he was the Sous Chef at Tru for two years and also was a part of the opening team at Sushi San in River North in December 2017. Now, Alex is the chef at Bar Ramone, a Spanish wine bar and tapas restaurant. When working, Alex enjoys teaching young and ambitious cooks everything he knows, and in return loves learning from them. In his free time, Alex enjoys searching for new and exciting places to eat in Chicago.

Alex Trim grew up with his family and grandparents in Northaw, a tiny village just north of London. When he was fifteen, he moved to Asheville, North Carolina and explored his passion for cooking by working in restaurants part-time. Three years later, and after realizing that he wanted to be a chef, Alex moved to Delray Beach, Florida where he worked at many notable restaurants including The Office and Chops City Grill. Seeking a big city and more opportunity, Alex moved to Chicago in 2015 to join the team at Alinea. Shortly after, Alex became a part of the Lettuce Entertain You family where he was the Sous Chef at Tru for two years and also was a part of the opening team at Sushi San in River North in December 2017. Now, Alex is the chef at Bar Ramone, a Spanish wine bar and tapas restaurant. When working, Alex enjoys teaching young and ambitious cooks everything he knows, and in return loves learning from them. In his free time, Alex enjoys searching for new and exciting places to eat in Chicago.

Sharlene Hobbs

Divisional Training Director

Sharlene Hobbs grew up in southern California, and went to school in both Santa Barbara and San Diego with a focus on becoming a teacher. Upon graduation, Sharlene realized her true passion was in the restaurant industry, and joined the team at Rock Bottom Brewery in 2000. Seven years later, Sharlen... [read more]

e moved to Chicago to be the Assistant Manager at Rock Bottom in the Windy City. In 2009, Sharlene joined the Lettuce Entertain You Family as a server at RJ Grunts in Lincoln Park. Just one year later, she was promoted to a Divisional Trainer for various concepts including Foodlife, Mity Nice Bar & Grill, Foodease, Scoozi, Beatrix and Ema. Now, Sharlene is the Divisional Training Director for ten restaurant concepts and is vital in new restaurant openings, staff seminars and outings, and the on-going development of current employees. With a true love for building the training department as the division continues to grow, her favorite part of the job is working with new team members, and being the first impression of a company she is so proud to be a part of. When Sharlene is not in the restaurant, she enjoys reading, trying new restaurants, traveling, visiting her family, and spending time with friends.

Sharlene Hobbs grew up in southern California, and went to school in both Santa Barbara and San Diego with a focus on becoming a teacher. Upon graduation, Sharlene realized her true passion was in the restaurant industry, and joined the team at Rock Bottom Brewery in 2000. Seven years later, Sharlene moved to Chicago to be the Assistant Manager at Rock Bottom in the Windy City. In 2009, Sharlene joined the Lettuce Entertain You Family as a server at RJ Grunts in Lincoln Park. Just one year later, she was promoted to a Divisional Trainer for various concepts including Foodlife, Mity Nice Bar & Grill, Foodease, Scoozi, Beatrix and Ema. Now, Sharlene is the Divisional Training Director for ten restaurant concepts and is vital in new restaurant openings, staff seminars and outings, and the on-going development of current employees. With a true love for building the training department as the division continues to grow, her favorite part of the job is working with new team members, and being the first impression of a company she is so proud to be a part of. When Sharlene is not in the restaurant, she enjoys reading, trying new restaurants, traveling, visiting her family, and spending time with friends.

Cara Yaffe

Director of Marketing & Communications

Growing up in Long Grove, Illinois, Cara has always had a passion for food, writing, and technology, and knew she wanted to pursue a career one day that would entail all of those elements. Graduating in 2012 from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN., with a degree in Journalism and Business, she b... [read more]

egan her PR and marketing journey at a Chicago public relations agency focusing on restaurants and local businesses. Realizing that her true passion and excitement was in restaurants, while also ready for more growth and opportunity, Cara joined the Lettuce Entertain You family in the summer of 2015. Now, Cara proudly oversees the marketing and public relations for Aba, Antico Posto, Bar Ramone, Beatrix, Beatrix Market, Ēma, Rotisserie Ēma, Foodlife, Foodease, L. Woods, Mity Nice Bar & Grill, and The Dalcy. Her favorite part of the job is how every day is different, as well as having the opportunity to express her creativity across multiple different brands that she truly believes in. In her free time, Cara loves checking out new restaurants around the city, traveling, going to concerts, and spending time with family and friends.

Growing up in Long Grove, Illinois, Cara has always had a passion for food, writing, and technology, and knew she wanted to pursue a career one day that would entail all of those elements. Graduating in 2012 from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN., with a degree in Journalism and Business, she began her PR and marketing journey at a Chicago public relations agency focusing on restaurants and local businesses. Realizing that her true passion and excitement was in restaurants, while also ready for more growth and opportunity, Cara joined the Lettuce Entertain You family in the summer of 2015. Now, Cara proudly oversees the marketing and public relations for Aba, Antico Posto, Bar Ramone, Beatrix, Beatrix Market, Ēma, Rotisserie Ēma, Foodlife, Foodease, L. Woods, Mity Nice Bar & Grill, and The Dalcy. Her favorite part of the job is how every day is different, as well as having the opportunity to express her creativity across multiple different brands that she truly believes in. In her free time, Cara loves checking out new restaurants around the city, traveling, going to concerts, and spending time with family and friends.