Jason Stratton began his career at the early age of 16 at Seattle’s classic Le Gourmand restaurant under Chef Bruce Naftaly. From 2002-2007, Jason worked for Chef/Owner Holly Smith of Cafe Juanita initially as line cook, followed by a lead role as sous chef. In June 2011, Stratton opened Artusi next door to Spinasse; a casual bar and restaurant focused on Italian-focused cocktails, spirits and food. He went on to open Aragona, a James Beard Foundation semifinalist nominee for Best New Restaurant in 2014. In 2015, Jason assumed the role of general manager and executive chef for mamnoon, a modern union of Middle Eastern cuisines in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood from owners Wassef and Racha Haroun. In 2016, Jason opened mbar for the Haroun’s; the upscale, 14th floor, rooftop restaurant and bar in Seattle’s burgeoning South Lake Union neighborhood.