PRG All-stars: Bar Manager Joel At Centro Cocina Mexicana


Name: Joel York

Title: Bar Manager/Daytime Bartender

PRG location: Centro Cocina Mexicana

Hometown: I was born in Honolulu, but grew up in Sacramento

How long have you worked at Centro? Since December 1999, when I started working here as a busser

Best part of working at Centro? Great hours, fun staff, and regular customers. I also love the creativity associated with my job, not only in mixing drinks, but developing new tequila infusions each week.

First job ever: Cashier at Jasper’s (burger joint)

What is your favorite food to eat? Grilled cheese and tomato soup. Best combination ever.

Drink of choice: Beer and a shot

If you could add any item to Centro’s menu, what would it be? More vegetables!

When not at work, you can find me… at home with my family or at the gym

What are your indulgences? Jiu Jitsu and cookies

What is your favorite TV show? Dexter

What do you do for fun? Hiking and participating in Jiu Jitsu tournaments. I like staying active.

Best PRG memory: I once made over $800 in tips on an extremely busy Monday lunch shift. And of course, I have great memories from all 11 of the Cinco de Mayo celebrations I’ve been to here at Centro.

Favorite Tequila Infusion you’ve ever made: Tamarind

Favorite Centro dish: Carnitas Taco and Fish Taco combo


(paragary restaurant group)

(cafe bernardo)

(esquire grill)

(centro cocina mexicana)