Jack Knowles’ philosophy when it comes to restaurants is that people don’t come together to eat, they eat to come together. His goal is to translate that sense of community into his spaces; most recently, with Curio at The Chapel. The way he sees it, in the restaurant world, everyone’s a guest. Due to his Queens, New York upbringing, Jack has a special affinity for night, and with that comes an appreciation for nightlife. He finds that there is a certain mystery and excitement that comes alive after the sun goes down.
After spending more than 20 years investing in, building, and designing properties; Jack broke into the hospitality industry when he teamed up with his restaurant tenants to help them develop their concepts. In 2009, Jack purchased a building that was previously home to an old mortuary school. He completely reworked and redesigned the building into what is now The Chapel: a live music venue in the heart of SanFrancisco's Mission District. Jack is intrigued by design, and enjoyed collaborating with artist Michael Brennan to create the space for Curio at The Chapel.
In addition to The Chapel, Jack owns À Côté, a small plates restaurant in Oakland’s charming Rockridge neighborhood. Because of the live music component at The Chapel, Jack listens to music all day, every day. His interests span across genres, allowing him to relate to many of the musicians that play there. Some of his favorites are Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, and Van Morrison, but he’s a jazz fan, too. Namely, classic tenor sax including artists such as Sonny Stitt, Cannonball Adderley, Ornette Coleman and Coleman Hawkins, to name a few.
When he isn’t working, Jack enjoys hanging out and traveling with his partner, Trish. He also aims to ride a bike at least 200 days a year. He enjoys urban bike riding on his specialized hybrid bike in the East Bay, around neighborhoods, or through Golden Gate Park.