Bill Nevruz is the Managing Partner of Shaw’s Crab House, Tokio Pub, Oyster Bah and Seaside’s Carryout and Delivery.
Bill operated a variety of restaurant concepts for a decade on the East Coast, beginning his leadership career as General Manager with Bullwrinkle’s Bar and Grill, then as GM & part-owner of Buckley’s Restaurant (sold in 1995), and finally as GM with the upscale American eatery Lucky 32. In 1999, he took an opportunity to leap into in the rapidly growing restaurant scene of Chicago. Bill joined the team of the iconic Shaw’s Crab House, then preparing to open its Schaumburg outpost.
Since he became part of the Lettuce team, Bill has been GM of 3 LEYE locations, Mity Nice Grill and Shaw’s, both in Schaumburg and the River North flagship. He rose to partnership by creating and developing the concept of Tokio Pub in 2011. In 2016 he worked closely with Rich Melman in opening the Lincoln Park original, Oyster Bah. Close behind that Bill concepted the carryout and delivery only Seaside’s, which operates from Oyster Bah’s Halsted address.
Now leading the landmark Shaw’s Crab House brand while dreaming up new ideas, Bill focuses on what really engages him the most about the industry – innovation. He draws from that passion to find new ways of leading his team through potential hurdles in the businesses. “Usually most of the answers are in clear view. The trick is to recognize how we can use good ideas in innovative ways to solve old problems,” says Bill. He never stops looking for ways to improve what is already working well and he leads by a theme his father taught him, “Aces in their places.” He succeeds by putting his team in positions where they learn, grow and succeed.
Bill treasures his time with his wife, Paula and their four children, A.J., Molly, Brooke and Dottie. He looks forward to his future at Lettuce, creating more new concepts while continuing the long success of Shaw’s Crab House.