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Kitsch'n's successful pairing of delicious comfort food with memory invoking campy-retro chic has helped to gain it numerous awards, accolades and articles including:

 


"Best Brunch in Chicago - A Hood by Hood Guide" - Thrillist Chicago (2014
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$40 a Day with Rachael Ray, Chicago - The Food Network (Our Favorite!)

 

"Chicago's Best - Breakfast" - WGN/CLTV (2012)

 

The Food Network - Top 5, Delicious Duos - The Food Network


Best Of, Top Ten Fun Food Factories - The Travel Channel


Winner - Best of Chicago, Best "Morning After" Brunch Spot - Citysearch.com (2008)

Editorial Winner – Best Brunch, Best of Citysearch – Citysearch.com (2004)


Best of Chicago, 1st Place: Comfort Food - Citysearch.com (2004)


Neighborhood Dining in Chicago – Bon Appetit Magazine (Apr 2004)


"The Ultimate Comfort Food Destination", Check, Please! - PBS WTTW11 TV (Nov 2001)


Winner Best Brunch, Chicago's Choice Awards Poll - Chicago Tribune / Metromix.com (1999/2000)


Roscoe Village's "Dining Hotspot" - Chicago Social Magazine (Sep 2000)


"Chicago's Best Waitstaff", Best of Chicago Reader's Poll – New City Magazine (Sep 2000)


"Chicago's Best Hangover Breakfast" – New City Magazine (Sep 2000)


"Best Place To Eat With Family" – New City Magazine (Sep 2004)


Winner, Jack Daniel's Chicago Chili Cook-Off (2001, 2004, 2007, 2009)



Bio’s:


Jon Young & wife Helene Albert opened Kitsch'n On Roscoe (2005 West Roscoe Street, Chicago) in 1998 when a longtime diner in Roscoe Village, just blocks from their home, became available. Working quickly, they converted it into a fun & funky 1970's retro diner, serving up comfort food with gourmet flair.

Kitsch'n has since become a Chicago cult icon, and has been featured in Bon Appetit, on The Food Channel and The Travel Channel for their delicious food and unique atmosphere, winning numerous awards and accolades.

Comfort food and 1970's fashion, design and culture have been getting more popular ever since. Jon & Helene live with their two children in Chicago's Roscoe Village neighborhood.


Chef/Owner Jon Young


A finance major and graduate of Drake Univeristy, Jon traded options on the Chicago Board Options Exchange before trading in his acronym to pursue a love of the restaurant business. Over almost two decades he has successfully managed restaurants for Rich Melman's Lettuce Entertain You, Inc. (Maggiano's Little Italy, P.J. Clarke's, Cafe Ba Ba Reeba), restaurateur Alex Dana's Rosebud Restaurants (Centro, La Rosetta) as well as his own concepts (Kitsch'n, Volo & Paramount Room).

Since opening Volo Restaurant Wine Bar with Chef Partner Stephen Dunne in the spring of 2005 Volo has been awarded “Best Wine Bar”, “Best Wine List”, voted Top 10 for "Best Date Place", as well as "Best Outdoor Dining" by AOL Cityguide (Chicago) and listed as "#1 Hidden City Patio" by Chicago Magazine.

A second collaboration between Young and Dunne, Paramount Room, opened in mid 2007 features a unique dual-level food & drink spot located in River West offering a chef-driven menu of internationally inspired cuisine paired with an acclaimed selection of craft beer, belgian ales, inventive house designed cocktails, and wine by the glass.
Awards & Accolades include a Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand Award, an LTH Great Neighborhood Restaurant Award, and Critic's Choice Award "Best Way To Dessert Your Drink": Black & Tan Float by - Time Out Chicago.

Owner/Toaster Afficionado Helene Albert


Helene has worked multiple positions in the service industry for the past 15 years. In addition to oversight of the restaurants, Helene is an international flight attendant for American Airlines, and a volunteered for over a decade years as a River Docent for the Chicago Architecture Foundation.


Dine & Drink, Inc. Restaurants & Events


In September of 2007 Jon and Helene created Dine & Drink, Inc. with the primary goal of developing a common brand identity their loyal customers can recognize, creating a full range of dedicated private event, catering and banquet options for the restaurants.



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