David Morton, Co-Owner

David Morton was raised in the
restaurant industry. Growing up, he experienced first-hand the creation,
design, and execution of some of the most iconic restaurant brands and
events of the past 30 years, including Morton’s Steakhouse and Hard Rock
Café. Since the age of 19, when he started his first company while
attending the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Morton has successfully
launched a wide variety of companies in industries including hospitality,
real estate, music and finance. The common thread between these ventures is
Morton’s belief in the best raw materials and in developing the best tools
to give to the smartest, most creative people. In 2009, David
Morton and Michael Kornick launched DMK Restaurants with a mission to
redefine casual dining through their shared passion for quality, method,
design, and hospitality — all at an unparalleled value. In November 2009,
Morton and Kornick opened their first DMK Burger Bar (now with locations in
Lakeview, Soldier Field, Lombard, and Navy Pier), followed by Fish Bar in
March 2011, Ada Street in March 2012, County Barbeque in July 2013, Henry’s
in June 2014, and Rec Room in July 2015.
David Morton and his wife, Jodi Morton, own 2to5 Design, a residential and commercial design firm
that created the design for Fish Bar, Ada St. and County Barbeque for DMK
Restaurants. David and Jodi live with their three children in Evanston,


Michael Kornick, Co-Owner

Chef Michael Kornick is a nationally recognized leader in the culinary
arts. Kornick works with the freshest seasonal ingredients and stays true
to classical cooking techniques. It is his belief that great ingredients
speak for themselves.
Michael Kornick graduated in 1982 from the Culinary Institute of America
and went on to work with some of the most influential chefs and restaurant
operators in the United States, including Barry Wine at New York’s
legendary The Quilted Giraffe, Gordon Sinclair, of Gordon Restaurant, and
Richard Melman at Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. At the age of 28, Chef
Kornick was hired by the Four Seasons Hotel Boston, he was one of the
companies youngest Executive Chefs. Kornick was then sought out to develop
two successful restaurants–Marche 1993 and Red Light 1997 for KDK
Restaurant Group in Chicago. Both restaurants received critical national
acclaim, Marche was recognized by Conde Naste Traveler as one of the
“Hottest Restaurants in the Country” and Red Light was included in John
Mariani’s annual survey, “Best New Restaurants of the Year,” in Esquire
Magazine. In 1998 Kornick, together with his wife Lisa, opened mk, the
restaurant. Since opening, the restaurant has been acclaimed by the Chicago
Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, and Chicago magazine, all recognizing mk with a
three-star review. Condé Nast Traveler selected mk as one of the “Hottest
Restaurants in the World,” and Esquire chose mk as one of the “Top
Restaurants to Open in 1999.” Kornick was nominated five consecutive years
as Best Chef, Midwest by the James Beard Foundation. Kornick was a
co-creator of Nine steakhouse which opened its first location in Chicago in
2000 and continues to thrive in the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas. Kornick
oversaw food and beverage operations for 9G in the Palms for over a
In 2009, Michael Kornick partnered with David Morton to open DMK
Restaurants, the group that owns four DMK Burger Bars, Fish Bar, Ada
Street, County Barbecue, Henry’s, and Rec Room. Although
known primarily for his accomplishments as a chef, Michael Kornick has
developed into one of the country’s leading restaurateurs. He is highly
sought after as an authority on restaurant management and hospitality and
is known as a generous mentor to those who have worked under him past and
In addition to his professional responsibilities, Michael is very active in
the community. He has raised awareness and money annually for Share our
Strength, the Chicago Food Depository, Healthy Schools Campaign,
Steppenwolf Theater, Perspectives Charter School, Sweet Water Foundation,
Children’s Oncology services Inc., and many other worthy organizations.
Chef Kornick lives in Evanston, Illinois with his wife and business partner
Lisa and their children.