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.
Front of House Manager
Teddy Bloom began restaurant management and bartending in his hometown of Fayette, Missouri. He then moved to Jefferson City where he tended bar at O’Donoghne’s, developing a unique and very popular martini menu. While at O’Donoghne’s, Teddy shared his bartending skills by teaching martini-making classes to politicians, lobbyist and the Capital City social elite.
In 2007, Teddy moved to St. Louis where he started at Boogaloo as a server and bartender. From there, he quickly moved into the role of Front of House Manager. With his dynamic presence, easy sense of humor and attentiveness to excellent service, Teddy has a growing base of regular customers and fans.
Justin Sampson got his start in the restaurant industry working in small restaurants and bars in his native Illinois. On moving to St. Louis, he put his experience to work at popular destinations such as Lucky’s on Laclede’s Landing and MP O’Reily’s in the Central West End. Justin continued to gain experience working for six years in management at Lounge Concepts. Later, Justin bartended and served as Bottle Service Manager for the trendy nightclub, Pepper Lounge.
Following the Pepper Lounge Justin served as the founding General Manager for Nectar Lounge. Justin also ran Mike Shannon’s Outfield for two seasons. In addition Sampson helped create and open El Borracho Taqueria and Cantina with the impressive ownership and staff including Pete Ferretti, Buddy Coy, Steve Guidry, and Pat Shannon and family.
After three years as bartender and manager at Roxane’s in Clayton, Justin Sampson has brought his energy, creativity and disarming smile to the role of Bar Manager at Boogaloo. Come in and see why Justin won the Iron Bartender Contest in March 2010.