Carmine’s Rush Street
Carmine’s Chicago is a lively supper club, famous for its hearty portions of pasta, meat plates, other Italian dishes, and wine pairings. Be sure to check out Carmine’s Chicago brunch.
A MAN WHO NEEDS NO INTRODUCTION
“There is no time to hesitate if you want to succeed,” said legendary Chicago restaurateur Alex Dana. As founder of the iconic Rosebud Restaurant Group, Dana has lived and made his career by that philosophy, adding, “You can’t look back if you want to move ahead.” So for the better of four decades, Mr. Dana has been moving ahead, expanding the success of his original Rosebud into Chicago’s first major restaurant group and an international household name. Beloved by celebrities, politicians, global leaders, and the everyman alike, all of Dana’s Rosebud Restaurants throughout Chicagoland retain authenticity and a high level of quality and service that has become an industry standard.
That kind of success starts somewhere, and it begins squarely with Mr. Dana. Dana’s formative years as a youth were spent working at the restaurant his father ran. “That’s where I learned to work a kitchen, trimming meats, working prep, making steaks,” he said, “it was a simple living.” Then, Dana purchased and ran a downtown luncheonette for a few years, honing his business savvy and kitchen skills. After the success of that first venture, Dana opened The Rosebud on Chicago’s Taylor Street in Little Italy. Slowly but surely, it became renowned for its delicious, authentic Italian cuisine made from fresh ingredients. Soon, it became a phenomenon—a hotspot for local and visiting celebrities.
Mr. Dana has parlayed those early victories into a family of restaurants that have been woven into the very fabric of Chicago. From Carmine’s to Rosebud on Rush, Rosebud Prime to the Rosebud Steakhouse, the Rosebud name has expanded to the suburbs and beyond.
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