Josh Bracher of Second Story Liquor Bar: "There's a Reason for Everything on the Plate"
Lauren Saria Chef Josh Bracher
Second Story Liquor Bar
It's been about two months since Second Story Liquor Bar opened in Old Town Scottsdale above The Gelato Spot. The cozy restaurant and bar brings a dose of old school style to the area's nightlife scene. Everything from the décor to the servers' uniforms oozes Mad Men-esque style and at the bar you'll find one of the most old fashioned bartenders, John Christie.
At the helm of the kitchen is chef Josh Bracher, a 27-year-old up-and-comer in the Valley dining scene.
Bracher grew up locally and has been working in the restaurant business since the ripe old age of 13. He started bussing tables at mom and pop places in his neighborhood and says he knew at a young age that he loved the food and beverage industry.
He says he "fell in love with the art of dining" while working at the Water's Edge restaurant, a fine-dining spot in Fountain Hills that's since closed. By 17, he'd graduated from high school -- a year early -- and enrolled in culinary school.
The young chef says he's benefited from having a front-row seat to the city's burgeoning restaurant scene.
"I got to see a lot of it," Bracher says. "I was 18 years old going to Binkley's and getting tastings."
Since graduating, he's spent time working at Capitol Grille and Cask 63, a
wine bar and upscale restaurant at The Shops at Gainey Village that closed last year.
Bracher then went on to work under chef Josh Hebert at Posh before landing the job at Second Story.
"This is my first baby, for sure," the chef says of Second Story.