Rodman Cruse returns to Kansas City with 20+ years of hospitality experience; most notably, MGM Grand International (Detroit), Perennial (Chicago), Brasserie Jo (Chicago) and Julep Cocktail Club (Kansas City). Rodman brings a diverse set of skills to Lidias with a passion for hospitality. “This business is about an emotional connection to food and service” says Cruse, “it’s an honor every day to elevate someone’s experience”. Rodman will be fulfilling the role of Lidias General Manager.

the team

Lidia Bastianich

Lidia Bastianich: founder & president of Tavola Productions, an entertainment company that produces high-quality broadcast productions including Lidia’s Italy, an Emmy-nominated television series; one of the best-loved chefs on television, ...

Dan Swinney

Dan Swinney, Executive Chef at Lidia’s Restaurant in Kansas City traces his love for good cooking to the time he spent on his grandparents’ dairy farm in southern Missouri. There he ...

Cody Hogan

Before being distracted by food, Cody Hogan was a classical pianist. While studying music in Germany as a Rotary scholar, Cody became interested in the culinary arts and found himself a ...

Danica Pollard

Danica Pollard is currently the executive pastry chef at Lidia’s Italy Kansas City, a position she has commanded since 2007. Her career began with completion of the culinary program at the Natural ...

Clinton Welby-Cooke

Hospitality Manager

Luis Zepeda

Service Manager