Where do you bartend?
How long have you been a bartender?
Worked at Applebee’s 15 years and bartended for the last 10 years!
What makes you a great bartender?
As a bartender, you really have to be a chameleon. Each guest that comes in the bar is looking for something different and you have to quickly determine what they are wanting to get out of their visit to your bar.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Definitely the people and the relationships that I have built. Since I have been at this Applebee’s for so long, I know most people who walk through the doors whether they have ever sat at the bar or not. I have watched people’s kids grow up to where they now come to the bar. Talk about making you feel old. I have bar guests that were at my wedding and even come to my son’s birthday parties. That is the best part of this job.
What is the most annoying thing a customer has done?
One evening, I decided a particular gentleman had enough to drink. When I brought him a coke to sip on, which he took great offense to, he proceeded to throw the full coke glass back at me saying “I didn’t order a (expletive) drink”, stormed out the door, and proceeded to drive off like a maniac screaming out of the window.
What are your hobbies?
What is your passion?
My passion is my family. I love being a dad and a husband. I strive every day to be the best husband a father that I can be. Having those two people in my life have definitely saved me from a lot of evils. Outside of my family, I really have a passion for social justice and in particular prison reform and re-entry of ex-offenders back into mainstream society. We really have an issue in this country with people being incarcerated and once they are in that system they are forever trying to tread water to keep from drowning. We need a different way of providing them a skill set and an education while in prison that will better translate into success on the outside.
What is your superpower?
I believe that being a bartender is superpower. To be a successful bartender, to be mentioned with all of these other great bartenders in the Tri-Cities, it takes the culmination of many talents and being able to mix a drink is just one of the most important. You have to be able to multi-task, remember drinks you haven’t made is 6 months on the fly, break up a fight, crack a joke, know what’s going on in town for the weekend, know directions from your bar to everywhere, and that is really just the start of the list.
What drink do you make that you consider your specialty?
The ponytail shot. Quite often as a bartender, a quest will ask you “just to make something up”. The ponytail shot was a product of one of those times and has become fairly popular.
What is your favorite drink?
The water moccasin (crown royal, peach schnapps, sour and sprite). That is always my go to drink.