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HISTORY

Our story begins with your journey from the comfortable routine of your traditional restaurant fare to the frontier of culinary adventure. Tucked away on the outskirts of West Town, just off Milwaukee Avenue, Frontier will take you out of your comfort zone and give you a taste of eating and drinking on the edge of civilization, where nature dictates what’s on the menu.

Like generations of pioneers who uprooted their lives and pushed for new beginnings in the American West, we prepare and cook our food in ingenious and tasty ways. Our menu, by James Beard Award semifinalist chef Brian Jupiter, pays tribute to what those adventurers ate and hunted on the trail as we invite you to savor the modern day interpretations of their fare. Our food is best enjoyed in communal settings. We’ve captured the early pioneer’s celebration of family dinner gatherings in order to create you an unparalleled dining experience that is well paired and well fueled. Our bar features a wide array of domestic and regional craft beers, select fine wines, and house made craft cocktails, using only the freshest quality ingredients. And, our full liquor bar accommodates the most dedicated cocktail enthusiast.

So live a little! Sample foods you hadn’t thought to try or haven’t seen on a menu before. Order a giant beer from a tiny brewery. Get in touch with your pioneer roots, even if only from the comfort of your barstool. Grab your friends and ride out to the Frontier!

Our Team

Mark Domitrovich

Mark Domitrovich is the founder and CEO of Pioneer Tavern Group, which owns Lottie’s Pub, The Pony Inn and Frontier. An entrepreneur by spirit, Domitrovich has always worked for himself. After graduating from The University of Kansas, Domitrovich founded a promotional products company that he went on to own for 12 years; this company eventually lead him into the hospitality industry. In 2002, he jumped at the opportunity to buy Lottie’s Pub, a Bucktown neighborhood institution. In 2010, Domitrovich purchased what is now The Pony Inn in Lakeview, and opened Frontier in Chicago’s West Town, Domitrovich’s first food-focused concept.

Pioneer Tavern Group concepts have gathered several notable accolades in print, online, and television, and have become extremely wellknown for their various ventures throughout Chicago. Frontier has been mentioned in Thrillist’s “65 Things You Need to Eat in Chicago Before You Die” and Matador Network’s “24 Food Experiences You Need to Have in Chicago”, as well as featured on The Cooking Channel, Food Network as well as local Chicago TV. In addition to both The Pony Inn and Lottie’s Pub being official Blackhawks bars, Lottie’s Pub has also gained much attention for being a recurring setting on NBC’s Chicago Fire as “Molly’s Bar”. When they’re not at Frontier, Lottie’s Pub, or The Pony Inn, the Pioneer Tavern Group team can be found at The United Center delivering food to Blackhawks players or hosting pop-up bars.

Outside of his work at Pioneer Tavern Group, Domitrovich is an avid equestrian, which is how he became involved with, and a board member of an organization called Equestrian Connection which provides therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities.

Brian Jupiter

Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Executive Chef Brian Jupiter has always believed that Southern comfort food is a true art form. Pulling inspiration from closely held family secrets and recipes, Jupiter spent his childhood alongside his grandmother in her kitchen. After beginning his professional career at the age of 16, in the kitchen of New Orleans’ famed Aurora Steakhouse, Jupiter eventually moved to Miami, Florida to pursue degrees in Culinary Arts and Food & Beverage Management. In 2003, Jupiter made the move to Chicago to fill the role as Chef de Cuisine, and eventually Executive Chef, at Narcisse Champagne and Caviar Salon. And, in 2010, became an integral part of the menu development for the opening of Frontier, as Executive Chef of Pioneer Tavern Group. In 2019, Chef Jupiter was named a James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef Great Lakes for his creativity and work at Frontier. 

Chef Jupiter lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter. He is a diehard New Orleans Saints fan, and enjoys trips back home to New Orleans to visit family and friends as often as possible!