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Dayna McErlean, Owner

Hometown: Staten Island, NY

Favorite Yakuza menu item: Kale Salad and Tataki

Year moved to portland: 1996

Favorite drink/cocktail: Jameson rocks

Places worked prior to Yakuza: Itisness

Perks of the job: Room service

Outside of Yakuza most likely to be found… Upstairs

 

Caleb Vasquez, Sous Chef

Hometown: Grants Pass, OR

Favorite Yakuza menu item: Sashimi Trio

Year moved to portland: 2009

Favorite drink/cocktail: Blood and Sand

Places worked prior to Yakuza: Geppetto’s

Perks of the job: New and Interesting food to explore

Outside of Yakuza most likely to be found… Playing Music

 

Valeria Berger, Server

Hometown: Brookline, MA

Favorite Yakuza menu item: Salmon Tataki

Year moved to portland: 2009

Favorite drink/cocktail: Beet Martini

Places worked prior to Yakuza: Asiana House in Burlington VT

Perks of the job: Around good food and good people.

Outside of Yakuza most likely to be found… At Simpatica.

 

Bishop Valentine Barnes McErlean, Poster child

Hometown: Portland native

Favorite Yakuza menu item: Rice

Year moved to portland: 2007

Favorite drink/cocktail: Spicy Water

Places worked prior to Yakuza: I also work at MOA

Perks of the job: The restaurant is attached to my house

Outside of Yakuza most likely to be found… Playing in the garden