Picasso Restaurant Group is a Michigan based, family owned company, that has been in business since 1989. We know that our livelihood and success depends on making sure customers are completely satisfied each and every time they dine at one of our locations.
Although we have grown in size, we have never and will never stray from the core family values that have made us successful over the years.
Over 25 years ago, Founders Gerald Attee and his wife Nihad opened their first deli in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Although the deli was only 500 square feet, what it lacked in size was trumped by the owners’ passion for great food and a personal connection with their patrons. To this day, the lessons they learned in that small deli are engrained into the fabric of each and every location.
Since our humble beginnings, PRG has grown into a restaurant group that operates 15 eateries in some of the most prestigious buildings in the Metro Detroit Area. We continue to exceed expectations by delivering the very best in products while still giving customers the service and attention one can only receive from an owner-operated establishment.
Creating a relaxing, interactive, and delicious dining experience is one of Picasso Restaurant Groups top priorities. Below are some of the talented individuals that help us to achieve this goal.
Gerald T. Attee (Father)
Nihad Attee (Mother)
Allen graduated from The University of Michigan where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics with a minor in Finance. After graduation, Allen decided to immerse himself in the restaurant business and hasn’t looked back since.
Today, Allen oversees the finances of the company as well as spearheading business growth and development. But don’t think he forgot his roots; often enough you will see him behind the lines making sandwiches and chatting with customers.
Allen also sits on the Board of Trustees for the Farmington Foundation for Youth Assistance, a group dedicated to helping underprivileged children in the Metro-Detroit area.
Allen plays quite a bit of hockey, but he also enjoys more thoughtful hobbies like painting. Although his golf skills are below par, he plays once a week hoping one day he will “find his swing” so he can enjoy the game when he retires.
Michael attended college at Arizona State where he earned his associates degree. After working and schooling in the hot desert, he decided to return back to greener pastures of Michigan. Michael rejoined the family business 2001 and was instrumental in landing our first major contract with the Domino Farm Office Park.
Today, Michael oversees the day-to-day operations of all locations. His knowledge of our systems and his knack for motivating and inspiring staff members is the oil that keeps our engine running so smoothly.
When he is not working he is probably playing ice hockey or on the links playing golf.
Nina Brinker joined Picasso Restaurant Group with over 18 years of food service experience. She brings innovation from a wide range of food service formats.
Nina’s vision for PRG is to bring it to the forefront of industry excellence by listening and understanding guests’ needs and trends. Her goal is to not just introduce new food to guests but creating an experience that they will truly enjoy.
Nina’s management style promotes an environment where associates are empowered to make decisions, ensuring that guest needs come first. She believes that the best associates are the result of continuous personal mentorship, training and professional development. Team pride and associate loyalty is the key to successfully supporting PRG leaders. She believes that each and every associate has an important role and should be encouraged to do their best for our customers every day.
Nina started her food service career with in Ann Arbor and worked her way through the ranks. Nina has been a part of all facets of Management in the food industry in Michigan, including exclusive country clubs, major hotels, corporate food services and premier restaurants. She continues to uphold her professionalism with her team, clients and community.
Doug has been with Picasso since 2001. He started his journey as a sandwich artist at our Novi Café and is now the longest tenured employee PRG has!
He went to Schoolcraft College and received his Associates Degree in Culinary Arts. He has been trained to be a Chef but is happily now a General Manager. He his use to wearing many hats throughout the company.
Currently Doug is our Corporate General Manager and is based out of our NCRC Cafeteria in Ann Arbor. As a Corporate GM, Doug has involvement with training, ordering, on boarding of new processes and inventory as well as managing overall Cost of Goods.
Doug’s home life consists of an amazing wife Kim and beautiful and silly daughter Maddie.
In 2010, Erica began with PRG as a sandwich artist. Through her hard work, dedication, intelligence, and knack for problem solving, she soon found herself in the front office.
Erica is now in charge of the financial operations of the company. Erica also takes care of the office operations and has involvement in PRG Human Resources.
In her free time Erica likes to bowl… and has had one perfect game. She does not watch much TV, but when she does it is sports, the Discovery, Science, or History Channels. Erica is also always first in line to the premier of any and all Batman movies.
Ben Goebel is a Michigan native whose passion for cooking began when he was a young boy. Chef Ben was part of the ACF Apprenticeship Program at Oakland Community College where he became a two-time National Ice Carving Collegiate Champion.
He currently heads up the culinary team throughout all of PRG’s Operations and is the leader at our flagship location. He continues to carve and cook competitively and has dozens of medals and ribbons hanging in his Picasso Restaurant Group office.
His home life consists of a loving family, a daughter that keeps him on his toes and an extensive herb & vegetable garden.