owner :: executive chef
After many years of successfully opening and running restaurants for others, Executive Chef and Restaurateur Bradley Dickinson ventured out on his own in 2008 with PEARL Bar & Dining and again in 2012 with KORAL Bar & Kitchen. As Co-owner and Executive Chef of both Eastside eateries, Bradley has aided in crafting the restaurant concepts, engineering menu development and personally running the kitchens and their teams. Bradley’s passion for authentic and rich flavors, local and seasonal fare and a hands-on commitment have been his winning formula throughout more than 20 years in the industry.
When he’s not planning menus, developing his talented culinary staff or marketing the restaurant, you’ll find Brad drawing inspiration from culinary trends, cultivating his home vegetable garden and tasting the latest vintage to add to his wine cellar. The devoted husband and father of three also finds time to lower his handicap with a few rounds of golf in between entertaining friends and using his chef skills to support his community.
With energy, sincerity and a keen memory for names and conversations, Mikel Rogers is the man behind PEARL and KORAL’s expert staff, financial performance, vendors, marketing and investor relations since PEARL’s opening in 2008. He also spearheads the PEARL and KORAL beverage programs, featuring hand-crafted specialty cocktails, an extensive wine list and a plentiful selection of wines and spirits offered by the glass, many of which are Washington sourced. Mikel’s diverse career spans more than 20 years in Seattle and San Francisco. In management, Mikel has held posts as chef, general manager, regional manager, corporate food and beverage director and director of operations.
A native of Olympia, Wash., and Seattle local since 1980, Mikel and his wife have three children and currently reside in Issaquah. The family enjoys day hikes around Puget Sound, and the couple likes to go wine tasting and discover Washington’s ever-evolving wine bounty.
As a General Manager, Rashawd says his goals are to build a memorable staff that is engaging, upbeat, and that cares about everybody that walks in the front door. Also, to keep product knowledge up, and to have a fun environment for his employees to work in. Previously he worked as an assistant manager at Cucina Cucina, The Parlor and Daniel’s Broiler. Most recently, Rashawd was the General Manager at our sister restaurant, Pearl Bar & Dining.
Away from the restaurant, he spends time with his wife Britni and is a father of two kids (plus one on the way!) He also gets out to play golf about once a week. He says “I never knew how competitive golf was, but now I know I love the sport and take it pretty serious!”
About Bradley and Mikel’s Restaurants
Accomplished restaurant innovators and Northwest natives Bradley Dickinson and Mikel Rogers first teamed up in 2008 to introduce PEARL Bar & Dining to the Bellevue scene. The growth and success of PEARL inspired Dickinson and Rogers to expand within the downtown Bellevue market and introduce KORAL, a “New American Kitchen” located in the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, opening on March 1, 2012. Dickinson, a well-known face in Seattle’s restaurant industry, has worked with and operated some of the region’s finest dining venues. Rogers brings a high standard of excellence and extensive knowledge to dining and hospitality operations from his experience working with esteemed restaurateurs and hotel operators.