After a successful career in investment banking, Brad Young made the decision to combine his strategic business sense with his knowledge of and passion for the restaurant and nightclub industry, and pursue his lifelong desire to own and operate a hospitality and entertainment development and management company.
Young entered the hospitality industry in 1998, when he also began his long-term business partnership with Billy Dec. Young and Dec’s first endeavor was a 17,000 square foot nightclub known as Circus, which completely revolutionized nightlife in Chicago with thrilling circus-inspired acts as live entertainment and additional “clubs within a club,” Skylight and The Bedroom. After three successful years in the highly competitive field, the two sold the business and together, started Rockit Ranch Productions in 2002. Under Young’s leadership and expertise, the nationally recognized company has opened six venues in 10 years and continues to expand.
Rockit Bar & Grill arrived in River North in June 2004, pioneering the transformation of the neighborhood into a hospitality / cultural mecca. The Underground, named Chicago’s “hottest nightclub” since 2006 by Entertainment Weekly, underwent an extensive renovation this past year, elevating its level of entertainment and service. Sunda’s contemporary Asian fare has earned countless accolades, including Michelin Guide recommendations. Rockit Burger Bar, home to what Good Morning America has recognized as “the best burger in the US”, has become a North side destination for innovative burgers. ¡AY CHIWOWA!, Rockit Ranch’s newest venue, promises to offer a “fiesta” with an expansive tequila portfolio, classic Mexican street fare and – most importantly – a party until 4 a.m. The company recently partnered with Michelin-rated chef Kevin Hickey, who left his 18-year role as executive chef for various restaurants within the Four Seasons Hotels to open an exciting new concept at 441 N. Clark Street.
With more than 15 years in the hospitality industry, Young has become a well-respected household name. By adding cutting edge, financially savvy and wildly successful concepts to Rockit Ranch’s growing portfolio, Young and his partners continue to revolutionize the marketplace, providing their guests with an unparalleled level of elevated entertainment.