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November 20, 2008

Goddamnit. Or why I won’t be visiting City Tavern again in the near future.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — akcb @ 12:09 am

They fired Shawn Moriarty. As both my regular readers may remember, in the not too distant past I declared him the best bartender in the city. The cheese did not stand alone here. Even people who don’t really care about a well-made cocktail recognized the skill and craft he brought to the bar. From Fat City:

City Tavern owner Dan Clothier said it was one of the hardest things he’s ever had to do. In fact, he told me was sick just thinking about telling Moriarty he was fired. “John is a superior bartender,” he said. “But it was time for City Tavern to re-invent itself and the bar was like a separate business. It was always at odds with what we were trying to do in the dining room. It was like two rooms with completely different personalities. I had an opportunity to change that.”

Yeah, the bar was always packed; the restaurant not so much. I hope it works out for them. I can think of at least three customers who will be visiting with far less regularity.

Moriarty had been with City Tavern since it opened in 2002. He seemed nonplussed by his dismissal, but he’s been a professional bartender for 17 years, so he knows how the industry works. A couple of local venues are already vying for his services.

If anyone gets wind of where he lands, drop a comment.


  1. This is some major suckage. Why are restaurants so stupid? I know a couple folks who work there (for now), I’ll let you know if I hear anything.

    Comment by DLC — November 20, 2008 @ 2:53 pm


    “He was great, and that’s why it made me sick to seize the opportunity fire him?”

    That’s just…unfathomably stupid.

    First I can’t smoke in a bar, and now I can’t get a decent fecking cocktail in one either? Ferchrissakes, bars are turning into squalid places to get a gnarly sandwich and a $5 can of tepid Bud Light.

    The next step will be to demand I remove my shoes during the mandatory search.

    Comment by Mo — November 21, 2008 @ 6:18 am

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