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Vincent Restaurant - a European inspired bistro. Location: 1475 W. Balmoral Ave.


Mike's introduction into the arts was in theater, receiving accolades for his portrayal of Doody in Lake Braddock High School's production of Grease. Upon graduating, Mike went on to pursue an arts degree in New York City. Serving tables at night for Eleven Madison Park to eek out a living, his genuine desire to relate to and make people happy came alive along with his fascination for food.

During college Mike pursued his creative interests in graphic design, film, photography and law, but always ended up back in a restaurant, working with people and food, so he decided to go to culinary school.

After living in New York, San Francisco and Hawaii, Mike forfeited his dream of selling shave ice in paradise and moved to Chicago in 2010, to open his own restaurant.

Now, Mike's not a savvy businessman, nor has he ever pretended to be. In fact financially, he doesn't know exactly what he's doing. His father knew that, but he invested in Mike's restaurant anyway, knowing that his son's love of food, people and dedication to create a positive dining experience for guests is what matters most, after all.

So, with his creative talents, professional experience and the lessons he learned in hospitality from Danny Meyer, Mario Batali and Woflgang Puck, Mike opened Vincent; a New American, neighborhood Bistro.

Along with the dedicated staff that share his vision, Mike's commitment and enthusiasm for what he's creating is what makes Vincent warm and welcoming.

Come see Mike at Vincent. There's nothing else he'd rather be doing.


After surviving a tornado, a career in advertising and a stint working in an auto factory, (we won't go into that) Brian, who's your daddy, Riester landed at Vincent in 2012, relatively unscathed.

Dashing, stalwart and raised to 6'4 in Fenton, Michigan (we don't know where that is either) Brian brings his creative license into play in a 3'x 4' foot space, producing over 180 cocktails between 7pm &10pm. That's about a drink a minute folks. In addition, Brian's scandalous first place finish, including wig changes, in the official Saber Olympics makes him the best champagne saberer in the world.

Passionate about food, Brian honed his bar tending skills with the same approach he takes to cooking; find the best ingredients and test it by tasting. (wink.wink.)

Making classic cocktails with a contemporary twist, Brian's method is simple, “Hey this is a great idea, let's make it and drink it.”

His enthusiasm for libations is evident in Vincent's cocktail menu with seasonal changes, daily specials and an unparalleled selection of gin. After careful research and sourcing of our wines and beers, Brian's happy to recommend pairings.

You can chart his wit and drink specials at and check out his big hairy man hands on the drinks page, but really, you should come meet him. Who else can launch a cork 47 feet by saber?


Need a sombrero for Cinco de Mayo? A horse head? Blow-up dolls? A skeleton for Halloween? You never know what oddities you'll find up Sharla's sleeves. A self-proclaimed hoarder, Sharla's a consummate professional when it comes to conjuring anything. That's why she's the mastermind behind all of Vincent's pop-ups and parties. Sharla's dynamic creations align with Vincent's integrity by fostering community, good food and play.

Half Texan, half Chinese, Sharla grew up with the pioneering spirit of Pecos Bill infused with her mother's eastern traditions. Learning the healing properties of food at a young age inspired her to travel as far as Bali to apprentice in a kitchen and teach workshops on nutritional therapy. After her studies with mentor Paul Pitchford, Sharla returned to Chicago to study Herbology.

Mike hired Sharla without ado when, during her interview, they discovered that they attended the same high school on the east coast. Boasting a background in food energies, Sharla believes in the benefits of the food she serves at Vincent.

You might see her dressed like a Panda, riding a bicycle around town, flying the trapeze or crossing LSD on a hop ball, but really, come to Vincent and meet her. Don't be fooled by her sprightly, 5'2, frame, she's a powerhouse of creative energy who loves to salsa dance, fashion crowns out of feathers and sequins and just might lasso a twister.

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