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."




General Manager


Roland Day brings more than 20 years of restaurant management experience to his role as General Manager of J. Gilbert’s. His passion for hospitality and desire to bring the best dining experience to his guests makes him the perfect leader of this downtown restaurant.

When he’s not in the restaurant, Roland enjoys spending time with his wife and family.

Executive Chef


Jimmy’s culinary career started at Bristol Seafood Grill in Kansas City. While there, he learned all aspects of the kitchen and restaurant industry, eventually working his way to a promotion as Sous Chef. When expecting his first child, Jimmy moved to Omaha to be closer to his wife’s family. After working as an Executive Chef in the Old Market, Jimmy was thrilled to hear that J. Gilbert’s was coming to town, and knew it was where he was meant to be. He’s ready to bring a dining experience like no other found in the Omaha area. He prides himself in making sure every guest leaves with a 5-star dining experience. Jimmy is known for his special pairing dinners with local wineries and breweries.

When he’s not working, Jimmy takes every second to spend with his wife, son and daughter. They visit family in Kansas City often and stay busy with summers full of t-ball and fishing.


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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