From a struggling 12-seat diner inherited from his father-in-law in 1927, Joe Gilbert built himself a Kansas City restaurant empire. But the Dean, as they call him, was more than a restaurateur. To the thousands who worked for him, he was a mentor. To our city's thriving restaurant community, he was a leader. To each and every regular, he was a friend. In a city full of culinary icons, he was a bona fide legend. And he showed all of us just what hospitality and fine dining meant.


"I THINK HE HAD 100,000



All the way into his eighties, Mr. Joe this snappily-dressed silver fox kept growing his empire, reaching 48 restaurants. And even still, he never forgot a cook's name or neglected to tend to the tiniest details. At J.Gilbert's, it is this genuine care for people and legendary love of hospitality that inspires us today. And for all of that, we fondly refer to him as "The Dean."




Managing Partner


Bill has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 38 years. His career began with the company at our sister concept, The Bristol, before moving over to J. Gilbert’s in 2003. Bill loves promoting J. Gilbert’s as Kansas City’s best kept secret. On his off time, Bill enjoys spending time with his wife and son, watching his Huskers and enjoying wine.

Executive Chef


Ruben began at J. Gilbert’s in 1995 as an opening team member and a broiler cook. He was promoted to sous chef at the Bristol Seafood Grill in 1997. After moving back over to J.Gilbert’s, he was eventually promoted to Executive Chef in 1999 and has been here since. Ruben takes courses at the Culinary Institute of America, igniting his passion for food even more, and always strives to makes every guest feel special – no “special” request is ever turned down. A sports enthusiast, Ruben coaches middle school soccer and spends the rest of his time cooking for his family and watching his two boys and girl grow.


Career opportunities

Anywhere there are people who have made a career out of serving up great dining experiences, people know Mr. Joe. And whether they worked in his place when they were just getting started or shook hands at the weekly Rotary Club meeting after making it big, we can guarantee their memories are fond. Because more than the restaurant business, more than the food, more than the happy hours ‐ Joe just loved people. And people always returned the favor.
 It’s more than a job at J. Gilbert’s … it’s a family. That’s why we’re honored to accept a 2019 Best Practices Award for workplace excellence. Thanks to all our valued team members who made it happen and who make a difference every day.
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