Alberto Lombardi

Alberto Lombardi

Owner & Founder 

Alberto Lombardi was born and raised in Forli, a small town in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy. In 1973, after traveling the world and working in Italy, Belgium, Germany and on cruise ships, he put down roots in Dallas, Texas, where he opened his first restaurant, Lombardi's.

The original Lombardi's restaurant was an homage to the northern Italian cuisine he grew up with in Forli. Comfortable and charming in its approach, the bistro on McKinney Avenue left a mark on Dallas, where the restaurant was one of the first in an area now known for its culinary scene.

Since then, Lombardi has become a nationally-renowned restaurateur having opened numerous successful dining concepts in locations not just across Texas, but the United States. Ranging from Italian trattorias to French bistros, his neighborhood restaurants offer more than just a delicious meal; they provide a special place where customers feel at home. This year, 2020, marks Lombardi's 43 years as a restaurant owner and he welcomes you to Bistro 31! 

Michael Bratcher

Michael Bratcher

General Manager

With more than 30 years in the hospitality industry, Michael began his journey as a restaurant busser, at age 15. His extensive knowledge of the front and back of the house stems from his years of experience in various roles.  This experience is what sets Michael apart, as he leads his teams at Bistro 31 and Lounge 31. Part of that knowledge he shares with his employees and patrons is through his International Sommelier Guild, Level 1& 2, certification. His dedication and passion is seen not only seen by the people that work with him, but by the clientele at Bistro and Lounge 31. 

Chef David Garwacki

Chef David Garwacki

Executive Chef

David Garwacki developed his skill and passion for gastronomy at an early age when his Polish grandmother taught him to cook. David continued his culinary education attending college and completing a three-year apprentice program through the Texas Chef Association and the American Culinary Federation. As the Executive Chef of Bistro 31, he oversees all aspects of the restaurant including menu development, seasonal menu changes and training of front and back of house staff.

Juan Pablo Sanchez

Juan Pablo Sanchez

Lounge 31 - General Manager 

Juan Pablo Sanchez was born in Argentina, but grew up in the United States. His passion for the hospitality industry stems from his family's culinary upbringing. After graduating High School JP traveled to Argentina to discover his roots. While traveling for three years, JP realized his passion for food and people. In 2014 he returned to Dallas and started working with his brother's catering company, as the General Manager. After working with his brother for two years, he decided to make a career move and start working for Courseau Concepts. He worked as a General Manager at Le Bilboquet, Georgie and Up On Knox. He gained valuable experience in operations, which he has now brought to Lounge 31.

Marque Strohlin

Marque Strohlin

LFC Catering Director

Beginning her career with Stephan Pyles, she quickly rose through the ranks from host to manager to becoming their Event Coordinator. It was here that Marque found her true passion for events and working with guests. After a few years with Stephen Pyles, as their Event Coordinator, she was provided the opportunity to head up an events program at a large indoor/outdoor music venue in Uptown Dallas. Marque explained that she was able to gain knowledge of the event's business outside of restaurants, which she feels was extremely valuable. After years of gaining a combination of fine dining and casual event experience, Marque joined the team at Bistro 31 and Lounge 31 when she became our Catering Director. After a couple of years, she was awarded the opportunity to handle all the off-site catering for Lombardi Family Concepts, as well as to continue to service all the amazing clients at Bistro 31 and Lounge 31. It is Marque's special attention to detail and heart that has our guests coming back time after time to work with her.