Trudy Thomas brings mixology mastery to Rosebud Restaurants with a unique combination of discipline and creative flair gleaned from diverse experiences, including stints in the corporate world (Director of Beverage at JW Marriott) and four years under the chef-driven direction of Wolfgang Puck. This experience, combined with her Kentucky roots and unrelenting love for bourbon, make Trudy a unique force in the beverage industry. Dubbed the “First Daughter of Bourbon” by industry insiders, Trudy’s passion and expertise extends to wine, craft beer and whimsical craft cocktails that have a solid respect for spirits and the fresh ingredients that allow their flavor and character to shine through. Few beverage directors can boast mastery in both spirits and wine, and Trudy sets herself apart in that she is certified as both a mixologist and specialist in wine. She has selected 300 bottles for Joe Fish, making it Rosebud Restaurant’s first world class wine list. Trudy has also served as a judge at both Chicago’s Beverage Tasting Institute and at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition as a wine and spirits judge.

Mixologist Trudy Thomas

She brings her unique style and wide-reaching expertise to Joe Fish, where the mixology program is an essential component of this next-generation Rosebud Restaurant concept.

Beverage menus and images available upon request.


445 N. Dearborn St.

Chicago, IL  60654




Monday – Thursday: 4:00pm – Midnight
Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm – 1:00am
Sunday: 4:00pm – 10:00pm


About Joe Fish:

Joe Fish is the latest venue in the next wave of restaurant concepts from Rosebud Restaurants. Located in the heart of River North, Joe Fish is a fresh departure from traditional Rosebud venues, while honoring the traditions of their iconic Taylor Street location. Helmed by Executive Chef Joseph Farina, the cuisine features contemporary fare stemming from the regional food traditions of Italy made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients and infused with the characteristics of modern American cuisine. Mixologist Trudy Thomas takes the beverage program to new levels with a carefully curated wine and craft beer selection, as well as innovative cocktails made with spirits from small-batch and craft distillers.


About Rosebud Restaurants:

As an iconic part of Chicago’s history, Rosebud Restaurants have achieved equal fame, gained considerable international recognition and continue to set the standard for fine Italian dining in the Chicagoland area. Today, eleven restaurants including two steakhouses and eight Italian concepts are proudly under the Rosebud umbrella, each filling a unique niche within the community and upholding the highest standards for fine cuisine and superior wine selections. After more than thirty years of business, there’s no telling what’s next on the horizon. One thing is for sure the future is bright for this dynamic restaurant group.

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