Dave Noble, GENERAL MANAGER
Dave is an Elmhurst native, a 1986 graduate of York High School with more than 25 years' experience in the restaurant industry—15 of those with Elmhurst establishments. Under Dave's leadership, Red Arrow Tap Room is immersed in the Elmhurst community, partnering with local businesses and civic organizations.
"Elmhurst is a great community, and I think the people will embrace this concept," Dave says. "It's going to be so different from anything else they've experienced in a bar or restaurant in Chicagoland. One of the things I'm most excited about is how technology will be involved and how it will enhance the guest's experience. Phone chargers at the tables are impressive, but the ability to use a QR code beneath the picture of a brewery and then be able to watch a YouTube video about that brewery is very impressive."
Marty Nachel, CHIEF BEER OFFICER
As Red Arrow's Chief Beer Officer, Marty Nachel ensures that our beer ambassadors know their stuff and are able to help customers select the perfect beer for their palate. He's committed to spreading knowledge and love of independent craft beer far and wide.
A homebrewer since 1985 and a Certified Beer Judge since 1986, Marty's roots in craft beer run about as deep as they come. He has judged at some of the most prestigious craft beer contests, including the Great American Beer Fest and the Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beers.
As a craft brewing aficionado for more than 30 years, Marty is extremely gratified by mainstream America's embrace of insanely good craft beer. "I get chills when I think about how far we've come," he says.
Marty believes that anyone can be a "craft beer person"—they just need to find the style that's right for them. Beer is a beverage of choice and pleasure, and with more than 100 beer styles out there, it comes down to being willing to experiment and learn about the vast array of craft beer options.
"I'm very education-minded. I love opening doors and minds," Marty says. "People who are new to craft beer often get pressured into trying this or that, without any real education to help them along. That's my mission, and I hope to fulfill that mission with Red Arrow."
Chris Boletz, Executive chef
Chris boasts an impressive culinary resume, including in the renowned barbecue kitchen at House of Blues Chicago. A native of Bethlehem, PA, Chris spent five years as an apprentice to acclaimed Chef Heiko Bendixon, a member of the American Master Chef's Order. Other career stops for Chris include Hollywood Casino Aurora, and Atlantic City's Trump Castle and Park Place Casino Hotel. In his spare time, Chris enjoys playing ice hockey, biking, and swimming.
Ellie Chao, Manager
Born and raised in Chicago, Ellie has been in the service industry for over 10 years. She considers herself a foodie, and she spends her free time trying new restaurants and concepts. She believes that going out should be more than just good food, drinks, and good company—it should be an experience. "Red Arrow Tap Room brings that unique concept that allows the guest to experience a different way of dining," she says.
Dean Schiada, Manager
A 34-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Dean is a "die-hard music fan from the '80s," especially Aerosmith. In fact, he's almost certainly the biggest Aerosmith fan you've ever met. He also loves all Chicago sports teams. His wife and kids give him the drive to enjoy and excel at serving others.
JIM PACENTE AND JOSEPH TOTA, Proprietors
Proprietors Joseph Tota and Jim Pacente came up with the concept of Red Arrow Tap Room during one of their frequent runs along the Red Arrow Highway in Union Pier, Michigan. Southwest Michigan is awash in fantastic breweries, and their simple yet revolutionary idea was to share a taste of these independent breweries and others like them by using the latest self-pour technology. They imagined a place filled with friendly people enjoying great beer and delicious food in a fun, modern environment, free of the hassles and headaches that so often accompany the contemporary restaurant experience.
Both Joe and Jim are avid runners who believe that hard work, entrepreneurship, and a healthy lifestyle are the keys to happiness. Joe is a management consultant who helps organizations develop training programs to improve worker performance. He's also president-elect of the Chicago Area Runners Association. Jim is a former running store owner and floor trader. Together, they are bringing innovation to the craft beer industry with technology, Pour Your Own self-service, and hospitality-included pricing.