Meet The Team

Our House Manager – Brett Hammond

Our Chef – Travis McLeod

Proprietor – Jay Paul Deratany is an award-winning Chicago-based attorney, human rights activist, play and screenwriter, and film producer. He has won numerous awards, including Top Illinois Lawyer from 2007 – 2014, and has been nominated for a GLAAD award for his play “Haram Iran.” After the completion of his first film titled “Saugatuck Cures,” Jay Paul bought the Kirby with hopes of transforming it into a boutique hotel and wine bar. He had stayed at The Kirby House years ago and fell in love with the stately architecture. Visiting the area for 20 years and owning a home on the hill for the past 10, Jay Paul has heard many stories of locals being born there, getting married, and finding love in the home. He was drawn to the magic that Kirby creates and was inspired to rehabbing it and bringing back its glory.