OWNER / EXECUTIVE CHEF
Jonathan was a late comer to the culinary world. He graduated from UNT in 1996 with a Philosophy degree and worked in Health Care Consulting before deciding to go culinary school in 1998. Jonathan graduated from Art Institute of Dallas as the valedictorian of his class, then Jonathan had the pleasure of staging at The Grape Restaurant under Executive Chef Brian Luscher where he attributes much of his overall ‘how to’ process of running a kitchen. Opportunity came quickly for Jonathan and his best friend business partner as he opened his own restaurant in Lakewood called Savory Bistro which was met with consistently positive reviews. From this point he has grown the business over the last 15 years adding State&Allen Kitchen/Bar (2004) , the Nodding Donkey’s Sports Bar (2010), and now, Maple Landing (2019). Jonathan and rhett are excited to show off their new j+r smoker and launching a new bbq brand in dallas, stutz bbq. He is working with the Dallas historical society to shine a spot light on the love field area and is proud to bring history, food, beer & bourbon together in this historical corner of Dallas.