John Manion Lights Up Chicago with South American Fires

Chandra Ram

John Manion is from the Detroit area and runs two restaurants in Chicago, but his heart is firmly centered in the fires of Argentina and Brazil, where he spent part of his childhood. The South American tradition of hearth cooking struck a chord with Manion, who followed his dream to do a live-fire restaurant when he opened El Che Bar last year. He talked to us about the...