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Taha Ismail, Head Mixologist

Taha Ismail

Part of the Graffiato opening team, Taha Ismail has served as the restaurant’s head mixologist and bar manager since August 2011.

In addition to managing the bar, Ismail regularly collaborates with Chef Isabella to create Graffiato’s seasonal cocktail menu. Previously, Ismail was the head bartender at Jose Andres’ Zaytinya for seven years. While at Zaytinya, Ismail discovered his passion for developing innovative cocktails and honed his skills in a high-volume environment.

Originally from Casablanca, Morocco, Ismail has worked in the restaurant industry for 15 years holding positions from line cook to bartender. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Strayer University, and he is BarSmarts certified.