Taha Ismail currently oversees the bar programs at both Graffiato and Bandolero, Mike Isabella’s modern Mexican concept in Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown neighborhood. A key member of Graffiato’s opening team, Ismail was promoted to bar manager and head mixologist in August 2011.
As bar manager, Ismail regularly collaborates with Chef Isabella to create Graffiato’s seasonal cocktail menus. Previously, Ismail served as the head bartender at Jose Andres’ Zaytinya for seven years. While at Zaytinya, Ismail discovered his passion for developing innovative cocktails and honed his management 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 is BarSmarts certified.