For the inspiration of his 4th Chicago restaurant, industry vet Ryan O’Donnell of Ballyhoo Hospitality
didn’t have to go far. The idea for Old Pueblo was inspired by the 10 years he spent growing up in Tucson, Arizona, close to the border of Sonora, Mexico.
At this laidback cantina on a charming tree-lined street, the flour tortillas are made in-house, mesquite wood fuels the open-flame grill, guacamole is made to order, and the seasonal fruit-forward margaritas are available by the glass and the pitcher. With its warm service and inviting ambiance, Old Pueblo, like other Ballyhoo Hospitality restaurants Gemini, Coda di Volpe and Walton Street Kitchen + Bar, strives to be everyone’s favorite neighborhood spot even if they don’t live around the corner.
A longtime member of the Ballyhoo Hospitality family, Chef Miguel Ortiz brings decades of culinary experience to Old Pueblo. Miguel and Ryan have worked together for many years at several restaurants, including Gemini and Coda di Volpe, and have developed a relationship that goes beyond the kitchen. At Old Pueblo, Miguel also looks to his experience growing up in Puebla, Mexico, with a mother who worked as a caterer, for inspiration.
Chef Miguel pictured here with Ryan's son Danny
DIRECTOR OF HOSPITALITY
Brianne Carden, another invaluable Ballyhoo Hospitality founding member, has been leading the charge for years at multiple restaurants, most recently at Gemini. Her ability to wear many hats, often at the same time and always with a smile on her face, has helped establish the Lincoln Park restaurant as a cherished neighborhood spot. But don’t worry, Gemini fans—Brianne will now be gracing both Gemini and Old Pueblo with her hard-earned hospitality skills and commitment to ensuring every guest leaves happy.
Ballyhoo Hospitality champions the qualities that make a neighborhood restaurant great. The heart-felt greeting when you walk in the door, service that makes you feel cared for and a warm ambiance that encourages you to relax. Whether it’s the American-inspired cuisine at Gemini, the southern Italian favorites at Coda di Volpe, the refined nostalgic American at Walton Street Kitchen + Bar or the neighborhood Mexican cantina that is Old Pueblo, Ballyhoo restaurants offer thoughtful, inspired food and drinks that satisfy in memorable ways again and again.
We don’t have customers at Ballyhoo Hospitality restaurants, we have guests.