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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

 

David Gaspar de Alba, Chef

Hometown:
El Paso, Texas

Favorite Yakuza menu item:
Ahi Prosciutto

Year moved to portland:
2003

Favorite drink/cocktail:
Don Julio

Places worked prior to Yakuza:
Belly Timber

Perks of the job:
Great Staff

Outside of Yakuza most likely to be found…
Outside

 

Kyle Lovell, Manager and Sake Girl

Hometown:
Lyman, Maine

Favorite Yakuza menu item:
Really Spicy Roll

Year moved to portland:
2009

Favorite drink/cocktail:
Snap Pea Martini

Places worked prior to Yakuza:
Assumption School in Thailand

Perks of the job:
Living in SE and working in NE – the best of all the Portland Worlds.

Outside of Yakuza most likely to be found…
Walking to and from other bars and restaurants

 

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

 

Nick Ramsdell, Bartender

Hometown:
Portland, OR

Favorite Yakuza menu item:
Kobe Tartar

Year moved to portland:
Portland native

Favorite drink/cocktail:
The Japanese Bees

Places worked prior to Yakuza:
L & H Grading (heavy machinery and excavation)

Perks of the job:
Looking forward to seeing my co-workers who are some of my closest friends. Working for an employer who allows and encourages creativity and individualism.

Outside of Yakuza most likely to be found…
In Southeast on top of a bicycle, with a golf club in hand, a guitar, a mixed gin beverage, inside a music venue, dancing to electronic alternative music and rooting for the Blazers. Not always at the same time but sometimes.

 

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.

 

Spring Snyder, Server

Hometown:
Eden, Montana

Favorite Yakuza menu item:
tako! Or Sashimi trio

Year moved to portland:
5 years ago

Favorite drink/cocktail:
Sugar Snap

Places worked prior to Yakuza:
Park Cafe in St. Mary, MT, Farmers Market (where haven’t I worked?!)

Perks of the job:
soaking in the hot tub during the winter months- or the attractive clientele

Outside of Yakuza most likely to be found…
drinking coffee with friends and playing qwirkle

 

Daniel Strong, Bartender

Hometown:
Billings, MT

Favorite Yakuza menu item:
Nubbins (have to order directly from Dave)

Year moved to portland:
2006

Favorite drink/cocktail:
Usually involves Bitters

Places worked prior to Yakuza:
Ten-01

Perks of the job:
Hot Tub

Outside of Yakuza most likely to be found…
On my bike

 

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