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The Eli’s Family Mourns the loss of our Dearest Friend – Bobby Hatoff, the Chairman of Allen Brothers Meats

Without Bobby Hatoff, there would be no Eli’s!

The dearest friend to Eli, the Schulman Family and the entire Eli’s Family, Bobby started doing business with Eli at Eli’s Stage Delicatessen on Oak Street in the early 1960’s. That business relationship  grew dramatically when my parents opened Eli’s the Place for Steak in 1966 on East Chicago Avenue.  When he walked through Eli’s the Place for Steak (and so many other top restaurants in Chicago), he always had kind words for the wait and kitchen staff asking about their children by name.  He was always the most generous tipper while giving so much more from his heart.


Eli’s was the first of a new generation of steakhouses which have changed the dining experience in America. Bobby was a “secret weapon” for Eli’s and so many restaurants and leading chains around the country. He knew meat so well and how an operator could maximize the customer experience while helping the operator be profitable.


When Eli passed away over 24 years ago, Bobby was there all that day and for every day after that for me. He was my Senior Advisor  giving great advice on sales, on management, on life and people.  He was never too busy to help. No one was more committed to the success of Eli’s as a Company and my personal success than Bobby. When there were challenges in business, it was time for dinner with Bobby at Filippo’s on Clybourn. By the time the evening was over, I felt much better as Bobby’s advice was always right on and gave me the energy that I needed to meet the challenges of the next day.


Bobby is irreplaceable!  We could not have gotten here without him and will commit to always leading our lives with his integrity, optimism and charity.   Bobby, we miss you so much!


Marc S. Schulman


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Bears Celebrate Opening Home Game Victory–Allen Brothers Meats and Eli’s Cheesecake at Soldier’s Field

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The Chicago Bears opened their 2009 home regular season at Soldier’s Field on Sunday, September 20 with a thrilling 17 to 14 victory over the Super Bowl Champions Pittsburgh Steelers.

It was also a great day highlighting Allen Brother Meats and Eli’s Cheesecake at Soldier’s Field. On the left, Eli’s Marc Schulman visits Allen Brothers Owners, Todd and Bobby Hatoff, at the Soldier Field Tail Gate, which free sampling of the “Great Steak House Steaks” was open to all Bears fan for the two hours before the game. Allen Brothers will also be participating in the Soldier Field Tail Gate on October 4th and November 8th.

On the right, Eli’s Marc Schulman also visited the Eli’s Cheesecake Kiosk on the 200 United Club Level of Soldier’s Field. United Club Seat Holders have an outstanding choice of dining options—highlighted by the Eli’s Cheesecake Kiosk with Eli’s Original, Eli’s Turtle, Eli’s Carrot Cake and Eli’s Signature Brownies.


Congratulations to the Chicago Bears and the McCaskey Family on their opening home win against the Pittsburgh Stealers. In this 90th year of the Chicago Bears Franchise, it is so great to see the Bears Flags on the field as the crowd sings “Bear Down Chicago Bears,” the team’s fight song.

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