"I'm kind of a purist. I like straight liquor."
Neighborhood: German Village
Years behind the bar: 13
What do you do when you're not bartending?
I spend all my time landscaping. It's my own company, so I get up with the sun and just go until I have to come in here or until it's dark.
Where do you like to go when you're not at work?
I don't get the chance to go out too often, but when I do I like to hit up Eleven or the Beck Tavern. I've got some friends at G. Michael's that I like to go see.
What do you like to drink?
I'm kind of a purist. I like straight liquor. I like just Patron on the rocks or I'll mix vodka and gin together with a twist on the rocks - specifically Citron and Sapphire.
What drinks do you like to make?
I like to make pretty much anything. I'm not fond of the hokey bar drinks from the '80s, like Sex on the Beach and things like that.
We have a pretty extensive bar menu with muddled fruit and herbs. When it's busy, it can be tough to make them, but it's still nice to come up with those drinks.
What's your favorite dish on the menu?
It's usually a tie between whatever risotto we have and the scallops.
The food here is a limited amount of ingredients, but they're all high-quality ingredients. So rather than getting a four-pound plate of pasta, you getting a smaller portion that's more satisfying in the end.
If you could have a drink with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
Phil Hartman. I just thought he was genius. That guy was incredibly smart with his humor. If you didn't get it right away, it would hit you the next day.
Got any funny stories from bartending?
Most of the funny stories I have involve throwing somebody out.
Last fall I had to escort a guy out and there was a bit of a struggle. I had to push him out the door and I tripped over his feet, and to all the bar guests it looked like I slammed the guy on the ground. I looked abnormally tough, I guess.