It took 18 years, but John Wise is finally getting his barbecue restaurant at The Bartolotta Restaurants. Wise is owner Joe Bartolotta’s right-hand man in the restaurant group as director of operations, and he’s been lobbying for a barbecue place since he joined the company, Bartolotta said.
“I love barbecue, but had never really wanted to do that type of restaurant,” Bartolotta said. “So every time we go down to Chicago for the (National Restaurant Association convention) or any kind of research, John always sneaks in some kind of barbecue place. So he’s just been subtly hammering at me.”