Partners Jason Mendenhall and Brian Hawthorne share a passion for great drinks and genuine hospitality. They founded Cocktails in Motion to bring the best in craft cocktails and bar service to any location without compromising the quality—or fun—of a night out at a great bar. In partnership with chef Robert Ceraso, they own and operate two highly regarded East Village cocktail bars, The Wayland and Goodnight Sonny, where their work is on display seven nights a week.
Jason has a background in design as well as hospitality, and he co-designed his four Manhattan bars (The Wayland, Goodnight Sonny, The Wild Son & The Lost Lady). His eye for aesthetics influences everything we do at Cocktails in Motion from the look of our custom mobile bars to the presentation of our drinks. Outside work he is an avid surfer, music lover and is somewhere in the process of restoring a '68 Mustang.
Brian is known for his adventurous palate and love of fresh, seasonal flavors -- and for incorporating both into delicious cocktails. He finds inspiration in New York's vibrant culinary scene, the NYC Greenmarket, and the wild berries and mushrooms he finds on yearly trips to his native Minnesota. On occasional nights away from the bars you can catch him as the lead singer and guitarist of the rock 'n' roll band Hawthorne.