Growing up with a parent in the hospitality industry (and knowing first-hand the hours and dedication involved) could have led Kate Bocson to run in the opposite direction when it came to choosing her career path. Instead, she ran towards it. For close to 20 years, she has worked front-of-the-house positions in top restaurants in both Chicago and New York City. In August 2018, she joined @smythchicago + @theloyalistchicago as general manager and private events coordinator.
“I’ve been a big fan ever since Smyth + The Loyalist opened,” she says. “I love the approach to hospitality, the comfort of both spaces, and I think John and Karen Shields are just great people. It’s truly one of those stories of loving a place so much that I wanted to be a part of what they do.”