Beverage Director/Partner

Taha Ismail, beverage director and a partner for Mike Isabella Concepts, created the robust cocktail program at Pepita Cantina.

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 overseeing all bar managers, Ismail now regularly collaborates with Chef Isabella to create seasonal cocktail menu for each of the restaurants.

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.