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[Partner Bernie Laskowski (from left) and Executive Chef Andrew Sikkelerus create changing seasonal menus at Craft Urban, located at 211 James St. in downtown Geneva.]
GENEVA – A partner behind Craft Urban, which opened its doors in Geneva last month, is Bernie Laskowski, who brings a high-profile Chicago restaurant resume to the local dining scene.
He honed his culinary skills in Europe and Thailand, and was associated with Everest, Marché, Four Seasons and Bin 36. He launched the Park Grill at Millennium Park, where he spent eight years as executive chef.
He now has crafted a much more intimate space in the former location of Nosh at 211 James St., where a muralist's splashes of color on the whitewashed brick draw the eye to the building tucked just east of Third Street. Among the enterprises he partners in is Cinderella Paleo in Naperville, providing prepared foods and catering.
"Personal projects are what led me to Geneva," Laskowski said. "[After] working in large corporate environments where you're doing a thousand for lunch [with] 140 people in the kitchen, it's nice to get back to the nuts and bolts of the food and beverage community. You really learn what a small business owner is all about."