Chicago (River North) Restaurant
After graduating with a degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Emily Smith’s passion for making a positive societal impact inspired her to change the way Americans eat and view food. She lives LYFE to the fullest each day.
To cap it off, Nate Cooper (Partner, Cofounder, and Manager of L3HG) has been a believer of the LYFE vision since the beginning and is an avid distance runner. Having earned a business degree in finance from Emory University, Nate chose to pursue his dream of working in the restaurant industry and joined LYFE Kitchen corporate, as part of the initial start-up team. Now with L3HG, he is ecstatic to bring LYFE to Chicago patrons.
On the management side, Matthew Modelski, enjoys blending his talents in the restaurant world, with a concept that fits his own lifestyle. Also a cyclist like Nate, Matthew is always up for a new adventure and is excited to begin a new one, building the LYFE brand and culture across Chicago.
Amy Edquist’s dedication and development of the LYFE Kitchen brand via management selection for the Chicago market (as the Director of Operations) has truly had an impact.
Adding to this, Brinker Wolf joins the team with over 10 years of restaurant management experience, and Gail Taggart leads the team, as President and Partner of L3HG, in the development of multiple LYFE Kitchen restaurant locations in Chicago in the future.
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Buedel Fine Meats and Provisions has been providing Chicago‐area restaurants with the highest quality meats since 1907. At LYFE Kitchen Chicago, Buedel will provide the all‐natural, humanely raised, grass‐fed beef.
Cougle Commission Company is one of Chicago’s largest family‐based poultry processors. Cougle will provide LYFE Kitchen with the highest‐quality, Global Animal Partnership (GAP) certified poultry products.
Green Spirit Farms grows organic, pesticide‐free vegetables and herbs using innovative vertical farming technology. Their indoor vertical farm produces harvests all year long, using less water and energy than traditional farming. Their farm is located in a former industrial brownfield in Southwest Michigan.
We are now Well Certified!
LYFE Kitchen, River North is LEED Silver certified under the USGBC’s Retail: Commercial Interiors v3.0 ratingsystem. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy savings, stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts and improved indoor environmental quality. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. LEED is able to be applied to all building types, commercial as well as residential. It works throughout the building lifecycle; design and construction, operations and maintenance, tenant fit‐outs, and significant retrofits. LYFE Kitchen will be the first national restaurant chain to have every restaurant LEED certified and will utilize the LEED for Volume rating system for most restaurants. For more information on the USGBC, visit: http://www.usgbc.org/
For more information on the LEED Rating System, visit: http://www.usgbc.org/leed
Project Highlights include:
● Sustainable Sites: LYFE is located in a previously LEED certified building, near public transportation and in a densely developed area with pedestrian access to community services.
● Water Efficiency: 35.91% Water Use Reduction
● Energy and Atmosphere: 23.38% Lighting Power Reduction
● Materials and Resources:
- 80.54% Construction Waste Diversion
- 31.06% Recycled Content
● Indoor Environmental Air Quality: LYFE used Low-emitting materials for adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, flooring, ceiling & wall systems.
● Innovation in Design: LYFE uses a green cleaning protocol and also uses the Clark St. restaurant to aid in their green education process.
To view all credits submitted for LYFE Kitchen, Clark St., see “LYFE- Clark St. LEED Checklist HERE