Executive Chef Dave Racicot is one of Pittsburgh’s most decorated chefs as a three-time James Beard nominee. Racicot began his career in famous kitchens of the Bellagio, Picasso and La Cirque, in Las Vegas. Racicot then made the move to Western Pennsylvania as the Chef De Cusine for the acclaimed Lautrec restaurant at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, PA. During his time at Lautrec, the restaurant scored a coveted AAA Five Diamond.
Chef Racicot moved to Pittsburgh’s Oakmont neighborhood and opened his own concept, Notion, to critical acclaim and eventually moved it to the city’s East Liberty neighborhood. He later accepted the position of Executive Chef for the Richard Deshantz Restaurant Group where he created signature recipes and helmed bustling kitchens like Poulet Blue and tako. Most recently, Racicot opened the cocktail and small plates concept Bridges & Bourbon.
Chef Racicot joined Kimpton in 2019 bringing a unique sense of flavor and style to The Commoner’s elevated pub fare.
Alex Dando is a lifelong resident of Pittsburgh and its diverse surrounding neighborhoods. Alex started working in downtown bars at the age of eighteen while studying Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. He worked his way to opening and developing The Commoner’s menu by way of some of the city’s finest establishments. Alex brings the best of Western Pennsylvania’s flavors together with a dedication to creating balanced and accessible cocktails, while constantly innovating and giving a breath of fresh air to the classics. With a strong focus on technique and presentation, Alex and the Commoner Bar team provide an enlightened, yet comfortable experience for business travelers and fellow “yinzers”, alike.
Scott Hilty comes to the Pittsburgh market by way of Chicago, bringing over twenty-five years in the hospitality and food & beverage industry to the Steel City. After attending the University of Las Vegas with a degree in Hotel Administration, Scott worked in the city’s most prestigious hotels in food and beverage and hotel management positions. From his start at the Four Seasons to Paris & Bally’s Hotel and Casino to Caesar’s Palace and Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Scott’s attention to detail and engaging style eventually landed him the position of the Assistant Director of Outlets at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu. With Hilton, Scott oversaw 7 outlets and 3 bards on the 26 acres, 3500 room property. Prior to joining The Commoner in Winter 2018, Scott was the Director of Restaurants for the famed Drake Hotel in Chicago.