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.
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!
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.