Get to know the man behind your favorite cocktails, our own Bar Manager Jake Russell. Jake has been working for EVO for three years and is an essential part of the EVO team. Read on to learn more about him, from his favorite style of cocktails to what he likes to do on a day off.

What is your favorite dish on the menu? 
“My favorite food item on the menu is the the meatballs. Juicy, tons of flavors, with just enough spice.”

When did you first start bartending? 
“I've been bartending for 10 years. Mostly Italian style spots. I love wine and Italian food, but most of all I love the family culture.”

What is your favorite cocktail? 
“I'm not a huge cocktail type guy. If I had to choose a favorite it would have to be an Old Fashioned. I love the classics. No fruit please, a little bourbon, sugar, and aromatic bitters (when properly diluted) and an expressed orange peel can go a long way.”

What is your favorite genre of music? 
“My music preference is broad, I really like hardcore music. Comeback Kid is my favorite band.”

What do you like to do on a day off? 
“My days off are spent with my family. Shooting hoop with the kids or getting dunked in my pool by my five year old. Day trips, I love driving.”

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