Former Chicago TV Exec Becomes Restaurant Exec

By Andrew Gauthier 

Robert Feder

In all the years he was Chicago’s flashiest television executive, my old friend Joe Ahern always seemed most in his element at fancy restaurants or on the party circuit. So his latest occupation should come as little surprise.

Ahern, 64, whose failed run as president and general manager of CBS-owned WBBM-Channel 2 ended in 2008, has landed a top executive position with Rosebud Restaurants, the chain of Chicago steakhouses and Italian eateries owned by his longtime pal, Alex Dana.

Although no announcement was made to herald his employment, Ahern has had an office at the company’s West Diversey Parkway headquarters since around the start of the year, according to a co-worker. More…