DiNella Hospitality Invests in Cheesie's Pub & Grub's Newest Wicker Park Location

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Mar 27, 2014) - DiNella Hospitality, LLC announced today that it has made a significant investment in Cheesie's Pub & Grub's newest location, opening this summer in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. Since Cheesie's opened its first location in 2011, the restaurant has continued to receive rave reviews from families, late night diners and media alike. Most notably, in 2013, Esquire Magazine recognized Cheesie's for serving the "most life-changing grilled cheese in America."

Created by Chris Johnston, the concept has grown quickly, doubling the size of its first restaurant in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago only a few months after opening. Shortly thereafter, Johnston opened an outlet in Evanston near Northwestern's campus and in mid-2013, launched the Cheesie's food truck which has found great success.

The next installment of Cheesie's Pub & Grub will be in the Chicago's bustling Wicker Park neighborhood and will include a stand-alone second bar called Whiskey Business as well as the first rooftop bar in the neighborhood.

"We couldn't be more pleased about the relationship with Cheesie's Pub & Grub," said Ron DiNella, founder of DiNella Hospitality and former SVP of Morton's Restaurant Group. "Chris Johnston is incredibly creative and has a true vision for the growth of the brand."

"We're extremely excited to be working with the team at DiNella Hospitality," said Johnston. "Given their extensive experience in growing restaurant chains, it's really a perfect fit."

For more information on DiNella Hospitality, LLC, please visit www.dinellahospitality.com.

About Cheesie's Pub & Grub
Cheesie's Pub & Grub is Chicago's first Grilled Cheese Restaurant. The restaurant offers a wide variety of delicious interpretations of the classic grilled cheese sandwiches, homemade soups and drinks. Cheesie's also offers a full service bar and a late night menu. Cheesie's operates restaurants in Chicago and Evanston, as well as a popular food truck. www.Cheesies.com

About DiNella Hospitality, LLC
DiNella Hospitality is a venture capital firm founded by Ron DiNella, whose mission is to support emerging restaurant and dining concepts to grow. DiNella Hospitality has made past investments in the Go Roma group of fast casual Italian restaurants and currently holds a material stake in the award winning restaurant Azzurra (http://azzurrachicago.com) in Chicago.

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