Jonathan’s the Rub, Jonathan Levine // August 2023
The native New Yorker did not grow up in the restaurant business or have dreams of being a chef or restaurateur, but while a sophomore at Northeastern University in Boston, he had three college roommates who were, as college kids tend to be, always hungry. And to their good fortune, Levine could cook. After graduation, he worked in the commodity world for a few years and then left to open a restaurant, eventually owning three on the East Coast before moving to Houston in 2000. He first cooked for specialty events and even worked offshore, until he decided to launch a personal chef business and catering company. He shared a kitchen with a next-door restaurant, and in 2008 when they departed quickly, he decided to take over the space. Jonathan’s The Rub was born. A second location opened in 2018. The restaurant is a family affair −his son Sam manages at the Original location, and daughter Jessica manages the new Memorial Green location.