by Rich Weiss
Trace Althoff has one of the coolest jobs in Cleveland. He manages five of the hippest new wave of bar/restaurants popping up in neighborhoods all over the city, including the well-known ABC Tavern and XYZ the Tavern, for A to Z Taverns. Althoff is a textbook case of brain drain to Chicago boomeranging back after over 10 years to turn into a textbook case of brain gain for Cleveland.
“I went to high school at St. Ignatius, so I’m a local Cleveland guy. I lived in Chicago for just over a decade and then I came back. My mother’s from Ohio City, we ended up settling in Parma, and I went to St. Charles grade school on Ridge Road and Snow Road,” said Althoff. “My sister is now the Principal of Holy Name High School in Parma Heights; my younger sister used to teach at St. Charles, now a stay-at-home mom with two kids; and my brother is a Chicago police officer…so we kind of run the gamut with everything that we do.” Continue reading