Randy was born into the hospitality business, helping his parents operate a small, family-owned resort in northern Minnesota, serving returning guests each summer. He attended the University of Denver, graduating with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management in 1989. While working in San Francisco, Randy liked what he saw of Lettuce Entertain You at the National Restaurant Show and shortly thereafter, moved with his young family to Chicago.
Working first at Nacional 27, Petterino’s and Papagus, Randy opened Osteria Via Stato in 2004, which led to Pizzeria Via Stato soon after. In 2009 he opened the first M Burger, a fast-casual burger spot, which now has six locations. Both Tallboy Taco, a tacqueria adjacent to Nacional 27, and Big City Chicken, a quick-service fried chicken restaurant on Navy Pier, came about in 2014. Continuing to be a daily operator at these restaurants, Randy’s expertise outside of operations has grown with his construction management of new store locations in other LEYE divisions. In 2010, he oversaw the construction of French brasserie Paris Club, nightclub Studio Paris and Tokio Pub, a new casual Asian restaurant.
Randy continuously focuses on the food his restaurants serve, saying “It all goes back to the food, if it’s not good – it’s not worth doing.” He also strives to enable his team to develop as individuals, “My job is to provide opportunities for people to grow. Nothing would please me more than to know that this team – this restaurant – has allowed people to provide for their family and themselves.”
Randy enjoys spending time with his wife, Heidi, and their three daughters, Ally, Caroline and Claire.