Allen Brothers

Allen Brothers is a purveyor of prime steaks headquartered in Chicago. Founded in 1893 on the Southside of Chicago in the Union Stock Yards meat area,[1] It is led by Christopher Pappas, CEO and Founder of The Chefs' Warehouse, who is on a mission to preserve the integrity of the brand and steward the business for the next 120 years.[1] Allen Brothers began as a wholesale business selling to steakhouses in US and since 1993 it has been also selling its restaurant-grade steaks directly to consumers through its website and catalog.

Allen Brothers
Founded1893 (1893)
HeadquartersChicago, Illinois
ProductsSteak, USDA Prime beef, Seafood
ParentChefs' Warehouse Inc.

The company's slogan is "The Great Steakhouse Steaks". The wholesale clients include The Forge in Miami Beach Florida, Delmonico's Steak House Hilton in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Gene & Georgetti in Chicago, Illinois, Chops Lobster Bar in Boca Raton, FL, Lawry's The Prime Rib in Chicago, The Prime Rib in Washington DC and Baltimore and Abacus Restaurant in Dallas, Texas.[2] The Wall Street Journal praised Allen Brothers steaks, stating that it offers "steakhouse-quality cuts" to consumers.[3] The Chicago Tribune's Corilyn Shropshire wrote that Allen Brothers was "among the last family-owned premium meat businesses in the country".[1]

In 2012, chairman Bobby Hatoff was inducted as one of the twelve members in the meat industry Hall of Fame's 2012 class.[4] In the 1980s, Hatoff started his tenure as Allen Brothers' leader. His tenure included the industry's "prosperous and lean years". The high-protein diet movement during the early 2000s was very profitable, whereas during the late 2000s recession, fine dining was more suited for high living. He was known in the business for his "old-world style of doing business". Rather than paying attention only to transactions, he also focused on the relationships by not forgetting business associates' spouses' or children's names. Harry Caray's Restaurant Group CEO Grant DePorter told the Chicago Tribune that each year Hatoff sent him flowers for his wedding anniversary. Hatoff died on October 7, 2012.[1]


  1. Shropshire, Corilyn (2012-10-13). "Robert A. 'Bobby' Hatoff, 1943-2012: Chairman of Allen Brothers steak company". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 2012-10-21. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
  2. "Restaurant Partners". Allen Brothers. 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-01-26. Retrieved 2011-01-25.
  3. Passy, Charles (2000-05-05). "Searching for Steaks That Make the Cut". Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 2011-01-25. Retrieved 2011-01-25.
  4. Jolley, Chuck. "Twelve of industry's top leaders to be honored during October 27 ceremony". Meat Industry Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2012-10-21.
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