Dean Hurst has been building on his service experience for 20 years with a varied background in different restaurant categories. Settling in at SideBern’s in 1999, he advanced from server to General Manager in less then 2 years. During his time at SideBern’s, Hurst has been able to create an ever evolving and unique drink list for the restaurant. His bar program enhances the overall SideBern’s experience.
In the summer of 2011, Hurst was promoted to Director of Spirits for Bern’s Steak House, tasked with advancing the spirits program for the Harry Waugh Dessert Room. The Epicurean Hotel opened in December 2013, with two additional bar programs and a cocktail/spirits curriculum for the classroom styled Theatre. SideBern’s is in the process of a major renovation and will reopen as Haven in December 2014 with a bar program focused on perfecting bar techniques and reinventing classic cocktails.
Beverage Media listed Hurst as one of the Top Ten Mixologist to watch in 2012. He has worked the industry events The Hukilau, Manhattan Cocktail Classic, Portland Cocktail Week, and Tales of the Cocktail in the Cocktail Apprentice Program (CAP). The Hukilau has invited Hurst to a part of their team as Chief Spirits Coordinator. He is one of the founders of the United States Bartender’s Guild, Tampa Chapter and has organized the largest annual National Repeal Day event in the US, now in it’s fifth year. He holds the current titles of Director of Spirits Bern’s Steak House, SideBern’s and Epicurean Hotel.