Tapas kitchen and bar serving Spanish food, drinks, an enticing atmosphere and intoxicating experience. Firefly Tapas Kitchen & Bar is the perfect spot your party, meeting, or gathering! Choose from our many hot and cold plates to assemble a multi-course feast or order in waves and share to enjoy as many flavors as possible Our house-specialty Sangria marinates for three days and provides the perfect accompaniment to your meal, or check out our list of interesting and affordable wines by the glass, fine brews, and signature cocktails. At Firefly, our mission is to provide our guests with a unique and stimulating dining experience in a cool, comfortable atmosphere at an affordable price.
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John Simmons began cooking professionally at the ripe old age of 15 years old, preparing cabbage soup, flipping leo omelets and washing dishes at a local deli. He continued to cook his way through high school and college, earning beer money and a degree in economics at the University of Illinois along the way. Despite John’s enjoyment of the restaurant world, a career in the kitchen never crossed his mind.
After a few years of toiling in an office, however, he decided that there’s no place like home and in the kitchen John was home. He enrolled at Kendall College Culinary School in Evanston, IL and earned his degree in culinary arts. After a year cooking in sunny Sonoma, CA, wine country he returned to Chicago and got a job on the line at a new restaurant opening in his neighborhood, Bistrot Zinc, run by a large and talented rockstar French chef, Rene Bajeux.
He learned a lot from Rene and within 3 years John was running Bistrot Zinc, Café Zinc, and opened a second Bistrot Zinc on the Gold Coast.