Rob Katz and Kevin Boehm
Owners, Boka Restaurant Group
What Jerry Kleiner and Rich Melman were to Chicago restaurant development the last three decades, Katz and Boehm might be for the next decade. With Boka, Perennial, Girl & the Goat and GT Fish & Oyster under their belts (and Balena in the works), they’ve shown great aplomb for attracting top talent, turning trends and most critically, appealing to scenesters and foodies. Their aggressive social media and content production is not unlike Ellen Malloy’s—they’re so hot, they don’t even need PR.