Staff Info

Dan Powers
Owner/Chef

Dan Powers has worked with some of the top chefs in St. Louis: Mike Johnson at Boogaloo and Roxane, Cary McDoll at Revival, and most recently with Matt Bessler at Schlafly Bottle Works. Now, Dan is bringing this wide variety of techniques and style under one roof.

Dan helped Boogaloo part owner Mike Johnson get the Creole restaurant off the ground eight years ago. Now it’s all Powers’.

He said he couldn’t ask for a better place. “It’s the kind of food I like, the neighborhood I like.”
Powers, 29, has lived in Brentwood for the past eight years.

He learned the trade through experience. He has no formal schooling in a kitchen. Powers was a sous chef and supervisor at the Schlafly Bottleworks for the past six years.

“He worked at the meat department at Whole Foods, so he has some butchering experience,” Charles O’Rear, front of house manager at the Bottleworks said.

“He’s very well-rounded in the kitchen. He has a lot of experience smoking meats, and he knows a lot about local purveyors and local products.”

Besides that, O’Rear said Powers is a “good guy, honest, straight shooter, hard-working.”
Powers said the food at Boogaloo is his favorite–creole, jerk, Caribbean, the Cuban sandwich–so don’t expect a big change in the menu. He said it’s what people come in for everyday.

Justin Mills
Front of House/Bar Manager

With 8 years’ experience in all fields of the industry Justin has worked closely with various companies like, Alliance, Bacardi U.S.A, Diageo, Luxco and local brewery’s to develop events and drinks for various restaurants and clubs here in St. Louis. With his various custom house infusions and creator of the stl build your own Manhattan and Mojito menu as well as named one of the most entertaining bartenders in STL in 2013 he brings his own sense of flair to the Boogaloo Family.

Desiree Drabant

Desiree joined the Boogaloo family in March of 2009 after working in the industry for several years. She began working as a cocktail and day time server, but took an interest bartending.  In early 2013 she transitioned into bartending solely and quickly moved into the role of Front of the House Assistant Manager.  Desiree has a passion for excellence in customer service and creating inspirational cocktails.  She has a growing base of regular customers, who would agree that her smile and laughter have made Boogaloo a friendly place to have cocktails and tapas throughout lunch and happy hour each day.

Jon Pauly

Bio coming soon.