Mike Brichta grew up in Northbrook, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. He was first introduced into the restaurant industry at the age of 16, working for a fast food restaurant. It was after High School when he recognized his true passion for the industry, and he received a degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Illinois. After graduation, he worked with Wildfire Restaurant, a Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises concept, where he spent 12 years managing. In 2009, Mike moved to the Wildfire location in Atlanta before joining Ray’s Restaurants in 2011.
Brichta currently lives in Cumming, GA with his family. He is an avid runner during his spare time. He loves the energy that the restaurant industry brings. His focus is on inspiring his staff to go above and beyond to provide each guest with an exceptional Ray’s experience.
Matt Albertario grew up in Illinois, and his passion for cooking began at a young age with his Italian-inspired family dinners. He started out at the young age of 14 years old with a background of fine dining at private country clubs. After high school, he received his culinary education from Kendall College in Chicago, Illinois.
Albertario began his professional career in the kitchen with Wildfire Restaurant, a Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises concept, in 2006. He served as Executive Chef to both the Lincolnshire, Illinois location and the Atlanta, Georgia location for six years before joining the Ray’s Restaurants team in 2012.
He currently lives in Canton with his wife and their two dogs. He is a die-hard Chicago Bears fan and also enjoys spending his time volunteering at local animal shelters.
Albertario is extremely passionate about food quality and presentation, and he is continuously inspired by the seasonality aspect and “fun” side of preparing and enjoying food.
Sales & Events Manager
Robin Freeman grew up in the outskirts of Atlanta and graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in English. She has more than 12 years of experience in the service industry. While working at Ray’s on the River for two years, she discovered her passion for event planning and grew in to her current role of Sales & Event Manager.
Robin loves the fast pace of working in a restaurant, where she fosters new relationships each day and is able to assist in shaping and developing guests’ events to make them truly extraordinary.