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Raised in a small farm town in Northern Wisconsin, Dustin Drankiewicz’s hospitality career began at age 14 at the only sit-down restaurant in town. A short-lived opportunity, Drankiewicz—who was a teenage drummer at the time—was fired after dying his hair green. His passion for the industry carried him to successful stints managing bars in both Milwaukee and Las Vegas.
Drankiewicz made his way back to Chicago where he landed a bartending gig with Dusek’s Board & Beer. Given the opportunity to embrace his originality behind the bar, his knack for creating and curating craft cocktail menus has since flourished. Though he insists he’s simply making spirits palatable for guests, his approach, rooted in bringing creative twists to classic drinks, owes its success to sound technique bolstered with proper garnishing and glassware.