Arturo Gomez

Arturo Gomez is President of Rockit Ranch Productions, Chicago’s premier restaurant and entertainment development company, specializing in the creation, marketing and management of some of the city’s top venues. Beginning his career in 1998 as director of operations for a large Chicago nightlife company where he established his long-time association with Billy Dec and Brad Young, Gomez later joined Rockit Ranch Productions as director of operations where he led all aspects of operations and marketing, working in conjunction with Dec and Young. Gomez was appointed chief operating officer and partner of Rockit Ranch Productions in 2004 when he managed and oversaw the development of Rockit Bar & Grill and in 2006, The Underground. In late 2008 he became president of Rockit Ranch Productions before opening Sunda in early 2009. Less than two months later he opened a new location of Rockit Bar & Grill in Wrigleyville. With partners Dec and Young, Gomez was presented with the “Operator of the Year” Award at the The Nightclub and Bar Convention in 2008.

Where were you born ?
Lansing, MI
How long in Chicago:
14 years
Ukrainian Village
Restaurant/Nightclub owner/operator
Favorite Restaurant:
Best Ethnic Food:
Cho Sun Ok Restaurant
Best Italian:
Piccolo Sogno
Best place for late night dining:
Bijan’s Bistro
Best dessert:
The Havana Dream Pie at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab Restaurant
Best Sunday brunch:
Rockit Bar & Grill
Hautest Club/Lounge:
Underground Nightclub & Y Bar
Best place for a power business meeting:
Rockit Bar & Grill lunch
All-around favorite spot in Chicago:
Love the neighborhoods of Bucktown, Wicker Park, and Ukrainian Village
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
The Peninsula Chicago
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Sofia Vintage on Oak
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Geneva Seal
Best Spa:
The Spa at the Peninsula
Favorite Charity Event:
Candy Cane Ball
Favorite Cultural Institution:
The Art Institute of Chicago
Best Aspect of Chicago:
The Midwestern hospitality and unique neighborhoods.
Best Steakhouse:
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab Restaurant
Best Pizza:
Pequod’s Pizza
Best Lunch:
RL Restaurant
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
East Bank Club
Best Massage:
Armitage Chiropractic in Lincoln Park
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
Smart Cars, Inc.
Best Museum/Exhibit:
the Museum of Science and Industry
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Chicago Museum Campus
Best Broadway show:
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