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DMK’s passion for art, information and hospitality is embodied by its portfolio of iconic food, beverage and experiential brands. Sustained, rapid growth is fueled by a culture of diverse thinking, shared wisdom, and love. DMK’s thought leadership has inspired its partnerships with some of America’s most successful companies.  

Since its first dollar of revenue, DMK has actively supported dozens of local non-profit organizations that work on behalf of hunger, wellness, children and the environment.  

 
 

OUR TEAM

 
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DAVID MORTON

CO-OWNER

David Morton was raised in the restaurant industry.  Since starting his first company while studying Economics at The University of Wisconsin - Madison, David has launched companies in a range of industries, including music, real estate, finance and hospitality.  In 2009, David Morton and Michael Kornick launched DMK Restaurants through their shared passion for quality, method, design and hospitality — all at an unparalleled value. 

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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. Kornick was nominated five consecutive years as Best Chef, Midwest by the James Beard Foundation. 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 present.

 
 
 
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Jenn Thate

Director of Operations

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Allison Schaffer

Creative Director

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Scott Koehl

Beverage Director

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Amanda Michi

Sales Director

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Devon Buesking

Sales Director