February 10, 1959 – June 23, 2018
Genuine, warm-hearted, proud father, loving friend, loyal business partner and caretaker to countless individuals, both personally and professionally. Restaurateur Rick (Ricky) Diarmit chose his words carefully, but whenever he spoke, everyone took note of his wisdom and his no-nonsense attitude. Born and raised on Chicago’s Northwest side, Rick spent the last several decades of his life as a partner in One Off Hospitality Group, particularly overseeing daily operations of the West Loop institutions Blackbird and avec.
Rick loved both restaurants with everything he had, and he spent every day of his incredible career practicing his most dearly held value: “Everyone is welcome.” He was the proud father of three beautiful children, and a compassionate soul to everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Always one to support and look after his loved ones, Rick is survived by his children, Kyle, Ruby, and Donovan (Finn); his Blackbird and avec families, current and former; his business partners and dear friends: Paul Kahan, Eduard Seitan, Terry Alexander, Peter Garfield, Kimberly Galban, and Donnie Madia Gianfrancisco; and his mother, Patricia Snow, who spent more than a decade alongside Rick at Blackbird, working in the pastry kitchen to make thousands upon thousands of truffles for guests to enjoy.
In lieu of flowers, Rick's children have requested for donations to be made in his honor. All donations can be made to World Relief Chicago, a non-profit organization that provides resettlement, social and legal services to refugees from across the world, including Central and South America, Mexico, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. World Relief is headquartered on the Northwest side of Chicago, blocks from where Rick grew up. He was a Chicago man through and through, and we encourage you to carry on his passion for providing opportunity to anyone seeking a home in the city he loved.
To contribute, visit World Relief Chicago's website and select give in the top right corner.
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