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Amanda Su


Amanda Su came to Chicago a dancer, to pursue an opportunity with the world-renowned Hubbard Street Dance Company. After retiring from the rigorous dance world, she spent some time evaluating career choices and realized that her true passion lie within the restaurant world.

Having worked in restaurants over the years, she fully committed herself to learning all she could, and began her professional career with lettuce entertain you, enterprises - known to have one of the strongest restaurant management training programs in the country. Over the next ten years, Su learned all aspects of the front-of-house, growing the big bowl concept from its original Chicago location to a multi-state brand. Looking for a new challenge, Su left LEYE in 2007 to work as Director of Operations for Adobo Grill, with whom she opened two restaurants. She then accepted a general manager position with Custom House, Shawn McClain's modern day steakhouse. Su was able to utilize the skills she honed working for a major restaurant company and meld those with the unique challenges of working with a smaller, independent brand. In 2010, Su joined the blue plate family as general manager of Rhapsody, and in 2012, she was instrumental in the transition of Rhapsody into Tesori.

In November of 2013 Su and her husband Tim relocated South Florida to pursue new professional endeavors, while Tim joined the be nice family as the General Manager of Coconuts and G&B Oyster Bar Su headed down to Miami's Design District as the General Manager of the Cypress Room lead by the James Beard awarding winning Michael Schwartz. Su found her new home with the be nice family as well, joining the management team of the newest concept Top Hat Deli. Amanda is excited to move onto her next opportunity with be nice Restaurants, managing the latest concept Brown Dog Eatery.

Su's style is hands-on - she has the rare capabilities of graciously dealing with guests, and getting in the trenches with her staff. She loves coaching and mentoring and gets particular pleasure when a server she has been working with has an "a-ha" moment. She will tell you she is "doing what I love" - though when not working, she takes every opportunity to travel.