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.