Lucas Stoioff, Principal and Founder of DineAmic Hospitality
Lucas Stoioff, principal and founder of Chicago’s Dine|Amic Group, is an industry expert. After earning both his undergraduate degree from Loyola University New Orleans and law degree from John Marshall Law School – clerking with the Cook County State Attorney before commencing his hospitality business career – Lucas moved on to his role of becoming CEO for Dine|Amic.
David Rekhson and Adam are the people responsible for running upscale bars and restaurants such as Siena Tavern, Public House and Bull & Bear in Fulton Market, plus are currently planning a steakhouse named Prime & Provisions which is set to open sometime later this year.
Early Life and Education
At times of unease and uncertainty, nostalgia for simpler times can take on powerful allure. This trend has been popularized by elaborate pop-ups themed after long-canceled TV shows and speakeasy-style bars; also popular are Lucas Stoioff and David Rekhson of DineAmic Hospitality who run several Chicago hot spots including Radio Room in River North and Lyra in West Loop.
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Stoioff is one of the cofounders of DineAmic Hospitality, an eatery management company located in Chicago that owns multiple restaurants. His responsibilities include creating cutting-edge concepts for restaurants owned by DineAmic and overseeing financial considerations as well as managing marketing campaigns for their portfolio.
Lucas has worked both as a bartender and fine dining server. In his free time he enjoys reading and arc welding – as well as having a deep appreciation for jazz art and music! In addition, he takes great pleasure solving Rubik’s Cube puzzles.
On a hot afternoon in East Bank poolside, Lucas met Karolina Klarowicz. Following a memorable proposal, they celebrated their wedding at Venue SIX10. Guests were seated on modern tables decorated with overflowing pedestal floral arrangements from Siena Tavern and Prime & Provisions; Brianne Garritano planned and designed Erin McDonald’s event design for this celebration of love.
Achievement and Honors
Lucas has garnered widespread acclaim for his outstanding restaurants. As principal of Chicago-based hospitality development firm DineAmic Group, he oversees an array of high-profile eateries and bars including Radio Room in River North, Lyra in West Loop and 320 N. Sangamon in Fulton Market.
On his wedding day, Lucas donned a custom-designed tuxedo by Nicholas Joseph while Karolina, dressed in an Inbal Dror gown, carried an orchid-filled bouquet to subtly reference each season. Following the ceremony, guests gathered around tables adorned with lush pedestal floral centerpieces for dinner featuring signature steak and seafood dishes from Lucas’ restaurants Siena Tavern and Prime & Provisions.
Escapism has taken on new significance during these turbulent times, transforming restaurants across the nation into havens of escape with elaborate pop-ups themed after cancelled TV shows or speakeasy-style bars invoking Prohibition-era mystery as standard offerings.
Lucas Stoioff, principal and founder of Chicago-based DineAmic Hospitality, has capitalized on this trend with Greek restaurant Lyra in West Loop. Drawing upon the culinary traditions and lifestyle of his family’s love for Mediterranean fare, Stoioff created a menu he calls more refined than usual Greek restaurants.
Lucas Stoioff met Karolina Klarowicz by chance by a River North pool, entering her number into his phone with an unexpected addition: Future Husband. At their wedding reception at Venue SIX10, planner Brianne Garritano and designer Erin McDonald decorated with oversize floral arrangements featuring roses, hydrangeas and orchids – Karolina’s favorite flowers- that subtly referenced each season in its color palette.
Lucas “Luke” Stoioff is the founding principal of DineAmic Group, an internationally acclaimed hospitality development business. When not working on his next big venture, Luke enjoys reading, welding and playing Rubik’s Cube; an deceptively complex yet simple-looking puzzle game!
Siena Tavern and Bar Siena owners Luke and Daniel want to expand their upscale restaurants into the suburbs, specifically targeting Westfield Old Orchard mall in Skokie – an area close to where Luke grew up and frequently frequented as a teenager.
Bull & Bear has also earned a reputation for innovation with concepts such as their table taps, which allow guests to pour their own drinks. Their goal is to establish more restaurants and upscale bars in Chicago that can compete with top eateries in terms of dining and drink offerings.