"We're not wearing paper hats, but we are tapping into the fun of the soda jerk culture," says Brandon Wise of his latest collaboration with chefs Vitaly Paley and Ben Bettinger. "This is the most fun I've ever had opening a bar or restaurant," says Wise. We got a peek at the cocktails on the Portland Penny Diner's list.
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Chef Vitaly Paley has begun his Portland expansion, teaming up with Chef Ben Bettinger, formerly of Beaker and Flask to open Imperial in the heart of downtown Portland. Former Beaker and Flask presiding barman Brandon Wise is in charge of the restaurant's bar program.
"I'm on a mission to make drinking fun again," says says Brandon Wise of Beaker & Flask in Portland, OR. "Mixology started taking things too seriously, which made drinking stuffy and took the emphasis off of the guest."