Starting as a server at our flagship Mia Francesca on Clark Street, Chris Elsey has been growing with Francesca’s Restaurant Group since 1992—now a Managing Partner and Regional Director of eleven FRG restaurants.
The restaurant industry was not his first passion; Chris Elsey graduated from Loyola University with a Bachelor’s degree, and continued onto Northeastern University for a Master’s in Special Education. When he joined Mia Francesca as a server in 1992, Chris was working full-time as a teacher. Then in 1999, he transitioned from classrooms to restaurants and teamed up with Scott Harris as a partner of Francesca’s Amici in Elmhurst. Becoming infatuated with the managing restaurants, guest relations, and operations, Chris continued on to open two locations with Scott Harris in Western Springs—Davanti Enoteca and Hillgrove Tap.
Chris Elsey takes pride in his leadership skills, fully committed to hiring energetic staff members who are just as charismatic and passionate about the guests’ experiences as he is. His goals for the next year at Francesca’s Restaurant Group include building each restaurant’ s brand with A-team players and eventually opening another Hillgrove Tap concept.
When he’s not managing his eleven restaurants, Chris resides in Elmhurst, IL, and enjoys spending time with his wife and four kids, biking, traveling, participating in anything sports-related, and trying new restaurants, of course. His favorite Francesca’s Restaurant Group dish is the classic Pollo Arrosto alla Romana, and he’s so proud to be part of the FRG family.