Real Urban Barbecue
Prior to opening Real Urban Barbecue, Highland Park native Jeff Shapiro worked for Lettuce Entertain You for 14 years at restaurants including Bones, RJ Grunts, Bub City, Pappagus and PJ Clarke's. He most recently served as director of operations of Carmichael's Steak House in Chicago for six years. Shapiro has been winning trophies in the BBQ competition circuit for many years under the team name Dr. Deckle and Mr. Hide. Well before "urban barbecue" became the trend it is today, Shapiro's feverish passion has had him touring the major BBQ markets of Midwest, the Carolinas, Kansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Oklahoma.