Larisa Yanicak is the bar manager at O-Ku Charlotte. Her outgoing personality, genuity and ability to learn quickly complement her leadership skills as a part of the O-Ku Charlotte team.
With an aunt in the hospitality industry, Yanicak quickly picked up a desire to bake and decorate cakes. As a culinary student at Johnson and Wales, she later developed a love for craft cocktails and the beverage industry, providing a passion fit for her role at O-Ku Charlotte.
Her degrees in both culinary arts and food service management are accompanied by her affiliation with the United States Bartender’s Guild. Yanicak has seven years of experience and joined the team upon its opening as a bartender. She believes O-Ku Charlotte is where she discovered her true potential.
Born in Hillsborough, New Jersey, Yanicak has resided in North Carolina since she was eight years old and currently enjoys living in the South End neighborhood. When she’s not behind the bar at O-Ku Charlotte, Yanicak enjoys exercising, visiting local breweries, researching wines, and spending time with her dog, Cannoli.