Chuck Lankey – Executive Chef
Chuck grew up in Detroit, Michigan but moved to Quincy at the age 15. He spent a year here and then moved to Tennessee. After graduating high school in Tennessee, Chuck moved back to Quincy, where he started working at The Patio at age 20. Former owner Mark Neiswender hired Chuck for his dedication and tenacity. Chuck started at The Patio in the dishroom on a busy Friday night and from there, The Patio has truly been a Lankey family affair. When he's not delighting customers with his culinary skills, Chuck spends time with his wife Megan and their four children, Skyler, Madison, Ciarra, and Bentley. The Lankeys love The Patio so much that his wife Megan and daughters, Skyler and Madison, all work on The Patio team. Only in Quincy!
Jeffery Johnson – General Manager
Jeffrey Johnson is a recent transplant to Quincy, IL after spending seven years in New York City pursuing a career in live theatre. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music from the University of Central Oklahoma and has over fifteen years of experience in the service industry. Jeffrey hopes to further The Patio's long-standing reputation of being the premier dining experience in downtown Quincy!
Christopher Murphy – Interior Designer
Christopher Murphy is an accomplished designer, with an emphasis on interiors and exteriors of homes, offices, commercial and public spaces. Chris' ability to blend unique elements into a cohesive look has given him a loyal following.
Chris founded Christopher Murphy Designs after graduating with a Masters in Interior Design from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Within his first year, his work was selected to be the Symphony Orchestra's Designer Showcase home. Chris continued his design work with a focus on high quality execution utilizing the finest vendors, with extreme attention to detail. For two decades, Christopher has continued to design bespoke projects that seek to meet the client's holistic needs.
From a very young age, Chris was interested in the fine arts. After winning a home design competition in high school, Chris decided to study architecture and sociology. Chris' love for travel, art, and architecture inspires his day-to-day designs and imbues them with a modern sophistication capturing elements from around the world. This journey has continued to this day as Christopher Murphy Designs is involved in projects across the country while based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
“When Ryan and Jay asked me to join the project, the immediate challenge was the idea of re-designing a Quincy icon—The Patio is definitely that. I immediately started researching to understand what made The Patio so popular and so beloved. The space is dear to so many people and has been for so long. Think of the families who have had every birthday, prom anniversary, celebrations, and yes, even mourned the loss of loved ones here at The Patio. I did not want to disappoint, but I also knew that one cannot recreate history and experience. But, we can take parts of the past and re-envision today to create a new shared experience.”
“I wanted to create a space that feels cohesive, accessible, and fresh, yet true to the building and space that it encompasses. The building has such a rich history and being that it is of an early 20th-century era, I felt that drawing from “café society” in the great cities of Europe (Budapest, Prague, Vienna, etc.) would working nicely to invoke a feeling of excitement and new ideas. Something vibrant, something special. We have tried to be thoughtful and careful with every decision and with this new space, we know that we are serving the memory with love and hope for the future.”
Ellen Curtis – Director of Strategy & Operations
Ellen is excited to add The Patio Restaurant & Lounge to the exquisite list of American dining restaurants she’s helped shape and lead over the past 15 years. Born in Chanute, Kansas, Ellen quickly climbed her way up and through the New York restaurant scene: first at Del Frisco, then Town, Sapa, and then finally, David Burke & Donatella.
From New York she made her way west to Los Angeles, leading iconic eateries at Spago, and then Wolf Gang Puck’s MICHELIN starred Cut, located in the famed Beverly Wilshire. For Curtis, success in the business relies on momentum and energy. “I like to think I bring a great sense of optimism to my role, strong guest connections, and a passion for executing exemplary events.” Indeed, she brought a decade of experience earned at other Wolfgang Puck addresses in Los Angeles, as well as strong relationships developed with culinary talent and guests at high-end restaurants in New York, many of whom follow her career moves.
Ryan Jude Tanner – Partner
Ryan Is Co-Founder And Chief Executive Of Tanninger Companies. He Also Serves As The Chief Communications Officer. Ryan Has Embraced Tulsa As His Own Since Moving To Tulsa From Quincy, Illinois In 2003, Dedicating Much Of His Energy Outside Of Work Hours To Community Engagement And Social Justice Initiatives.
Ryan Earned His Bachelor’s Degree In Political Science From Illinois College, And Upon Graduation, Was The Recipient Of The James H. Dunn Fellowship, Which Provided Ryan The Opportunity To Immerse Himself In The Operations Of Illinois State Government For One Year. Ryan Worked In Legislative Affairs And Communications, Most Notably On The Controversial Illinois “Death Row 10” Project, Through Which Then-Governor George Ryan Commuted Sentences Of All Death Row Inmates In Illinois From Death Sentences To Life Terms.
Ryan Serves On The Board Of Directors For Several Nonprofits, Including Tulsa Cares, Which Delivers Social Services To Those Living With Hiv/Aids; The Philbrook Museum Of Art; And The John Hope Franklin Center For Reconciliation. Ryan Has Twice Served As Chairman Of The Red Ribbon Gala In Support Of Tulsa Cares, Raising More Than $2 Million.
Ryan Lives In Tulsa And Quincy With His Husband Jay Krottinger And Their Two Dogs, Zoe And Rupert.
Jay Krottinger – Partner
Jay has spent more than a decade as CFO & COO at Tanninger Companies, the parent company of The Patio Restaurant & Lounge. Jay’s strong personal relationships have helped him learn about every business he’s engaged with, and networking has been one of the primary keys to his success.
Jay earned his master’s degree in music – vocal performance from the university of central Oklahoma, as well as his bachelor’s degree in music and musical theatre. Jay believes that each person holds his or her own destiny; while his love for musical theater and performance is ingrained in him, Jay’s drive for success is fueled by his passion for the challenge of what comes next—always.
Jay’s commitment to service to his community is as strong as his commitment to his business. He is engaged at high levels with several nonprofits in the greater Tulsa community through boots-on-the-ground involvement, event chairmanship, and financial donations. He looks forward to calling Quincy home.
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