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Sekend Sun
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Primary Location:
Astoria, Queens, NY, USA

Career Info

Primary Industry:
Food & Beverages / Culinary
Personal Career Headline:
Owners (Jay Zimmeran & Derrek Vernon)
Business Description (One-Liner):

Cocktail bar

Experience Timeline:
1-5 years of work experience

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Career Snapshot:

Jay Zimmerman began his hospitality career at the University of Delaware in the Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management school. He was recruited by Ian Schrager to manage bars within his hotel group, starting at NYC’s Hudson Hotel and then Miami’s SkyBar in the Shore Club hotel and Miami’s The Florida Room in the Delano Hotel. Zimmerman was then recruited by Andre Balazs to open the Standard New York as its beverage director overseeing The Standard Grill, The Living Room Lounge and the Boom Boom Room. Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield then called and brought Jay in to open The Breslin.

Derrek Vernon began his hospitality career 17 years ago as a busser while attending Hofstra University. Bussing turned into waiting tables and then bartending at a wide variety of restaurants, including Stephanie’s on Newbury in Boston, MA, Club New York at the Hudson Hotel and Tenjune in New York City. Vernon went to open his first bar, GalleryBar located on the Lower East Side of New York City, a bar that became a staple of the neighborhood for eight years. After meeting at The Hudson Bar, Derek Vernon and Jay Zimmerman always knew they worked well together . They started their company Sekend Sun when they decided to create their first bar project, Ba’sik – a popular Williamsburg bar that opened in 2012.

What Else To Know

One food and drink on earth, what would you choose?:

JZ: An Italian Submarine sandwich (that sounds ambiguous, but I eat more iterations of that menu item than anything else and more frequently…If need be I will list the greatest places to grab this piece of heaven that I have found on earth) and an ice cold bottle of lager.

DV: Sea bass skewers are my favorite food. For a drink… A Mescal Old Fashion

What literature is on your bed stand?:

JZ: I had to write a speech for a wedding recently, so I revisited my favorite book and haven’t finished it yet….Travels with Charlie. Steinbeck.

DV: An awesome book. It’s a kids book but it’s about dreaming big, and i read to my son almost every night

Tell Us More:

Most interesting headline read this week:

JZ: It is not a true headline…but every week recently I have been anxiously awaiting hearing John Oliver’s take on current events. It is poignant, funny and informative. It is bad that you asked for a headline and I gave a tv show, isn’t it?

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