Chad Spangler was born & raised in a small town in Northeastern Pennsylvania, but came to DC 8 years ago for college. It was during this time he convinced Founding Farmers to hire him as a barback. There, Jon Arroyo introduced him to craft bartending, where he remained for almost 5 years – as head bartender at all three locations, and on the opening teams for both the Potomac Park & Georgetown waterfront restaurants. He then travelled across the country staging at bars like Pour Vous & La Descarga in LA, Coqueta in SF, & The Aviary in Chicago. When he came back he worked for Del Campo with JP Caceres & Chef Victor Albisu and acted as Beverage Director/GM for a consulting group in MD for just under 1 year, before opening bars Red Light (14th st) and Chaplin’s (shaw) with the Wilder Bros. Chad has been a part of the team on every one of The Menehune Group’s projects.
In 2017 Chad Spangler & Glendon Hartley opened the highly acclaimed Service Bar on DC’s U St. Corridor. Service Bar is highly recognized as one of the best cocktail bars on the east coast, voted Best New Bar in DC, is nationally recognized, and an influential hangout amongst DC’s restaurant scene.
Notable Awards: Best Bartender DC 2012, Most Imaginitive Bartender 2013 Bombay Sapphire/GQ, Industree “Stunners” top 50 DC, 1st Place Ciroc Week cocktail Competition 2015
Primary Responsibilities: Operations, cocktail development/creation, cost control & inventory management