Vice President of Boka Restaurant Group
Since joining BRG in 2003, Ian Goldberg's tenure with Boka Restaurant Group can be characterized by the same traits that Goldberg mentors on a daily basis: hard work, dedication to your craft, and enlightened service. Goldberg has a strong passion for food & wine, and has an attention to detail that makes him one of the premier professionals in his field.
Goldberg was born in Chicago Illinois and graduated from The University of Illinois with a Bachelors in Business Administration with a focus in Entrepreneurship.
Goldberg was the first employee ever hired by Boka Restaurant Group and has since become a shining example of the potential growth you can experience within the company with hard work and dedication.
Goldberg's career at Boka began in the Front of the House as one of the opening bartenders at Boka in 2003. He eventually earned a promotion to AGM at Landmark, followed by General Manager at Boka and then General manager at Perennial.
He was named Director of Operations in 2009, and promoted again to Vice President in 2011. His evolution continued in 2012 when he was named a partner in Boka Catering, and has also become a partner in Little Goat, Balena, Momotaro, and Swift & Sons.
The restaurants and chefs have garnered many accolades, including Michelin stars, James Beard nominations & wins, Food and Wine’s “Best New Chefs,” and one “Iron Chef.” Currently, seven of Boka Restaurant Group’s establishments are included in Chicago Tribune food critic Phil Vettel’s Top 50 Restaurants in Chicago list.