Meet DMK








Meet DMK

The momentum behind DMK Burger Bar’s franchising growth initiative lies in its leadership team: Michael Kornick, David Morton and David Grossman - three industry experts with a wide-ranging set of skills.


You might know David Morton from the Chicago restaurant scene – as the co-founder of DMK Restaurants, he’s been a driving force behind some of the company’s most well-known and acclaimed restaurants: DMK Burger Bar, Fish Bar, Ada St., County Barbecue, Henry’s and Rec Room. He grew up in the restaurant business too – throughout his childhood, he witnessed firsthand the conceptualization and development of some of America’s greatest restaurant brands, including Morton’s of Chicago and the Hard Rock Café.


Michael Kornick is the other co-founder of DMK Restaurants. A nationally recognized leader in the culinary arts, Michael is known around the city for his passion for working with the freshest seasonal ingredients and staying true to classical cooking techniques. Michael is a five-time James Beard-nominated chef and received much critical acclaim for his restaurant “mk” as well as Nine Steakhouse in Las Vegas. He’s an active member of the community and is involved in a number of philanthropic efforts including Share Our Strength, the Chicago Food Depository and the Healthy Schools Campaign, among others.


David Grossman is a Chicago native and lifelong player in the restaurant industry on the franchising side. He’s worked with large national brands such as Subway where he worked in area development as the Director of Real Estate. He then moved on to General Growth Properties (GGP) where he headed up the restaurant leasing team. After several years in this role, he left GGP to pursue his lifelong dream of operating and owning his own restaurants, and bought the rights to operate and develop the Freshii brand in Chicagoland. He opened more than 40 locations in the region, and helped dozens of entrepreneurs find their footing as franchisees. Now, he’s partnered with David Morton and Michael Kornick to take DMK Burger Bar to the next level, offering world-class franchisee support and growth guidance.

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