Bartenders

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Group aims to help single parents in service industry

Published May 1, 2020

A few women in the service industry joined forces and started an effort to help out single parents working in their field by collecting donations and raising money to purchase groceries, cleaning products and clothing for moms and dads in need of temporary support.

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FoodCrush Podcast: Bittercube's Nick Kosevich and Ira Koplowitz

Published March 20, 2020

In this episode of FoodCrush, we delve into the world of craft cocktails with longtime bartenders, consultants and Bittercube founders Nick Kosevich and Ira Koplowitz. We chat about the beauty of bitters, the changing world of craft cocktails and the excitement of launching both their very first bar and a brand new line of Heirloom Liqueurs.

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Bar manager David Kotke has had "colorful" journey to Hudson Business Lounge

Published March 20, 2018

David Kotke has spent nearly 40 years in the service industry, developing a caring, affable and sassy style with customers. He's also lived a "colorful" life, competing in national male beauty pageants as Mr. Gay Wisconsin. Now he's the bar manager at Hudson Business Lounge, calling it a "fun journey."

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Featured bartender: Charlie Chaparas from Camino

Published June 27, 2017

Charlie Chaparas left a 14-year career to work at Camino, 434 S. 2nd St., as a bartender and he couldn't be more satisfied with his decision. OnMilwaukee recently stopped in to talk to Chaparas about beer, Thailand and (dun dun dun!) the future.

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Featured bartender: Sara Padley of Drink Wisconsinbly Pub

Published March 20, 2017

OnMilwaukee stopped in Drink Wisconsinbly, which recently won Best New Bar in OnMilwaukee's annual readers' poll, and chatted with Sara Padley about dogs, cheese curds, rural living and, of course, beer.

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Featured bartender: Geo Kiesow from Up & Under, etc.

Published Feb. 1, 2017

Anyone who has spent time in East Side bars the past couple of decades will most likely recognize Geo Kiesow, the large-smiling, rock 'n' roll poet who has a gift for the mixing of Old Fashioneds.

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Featured bartender: The Standard's Heidi White

Published Dec. 23, 2016

Heidi White, who is the bar manager at The Standard, wasn't stoked to do this interview, but her boss, Steve Gilbertson, made her. "He said, `stop being a f*cking Sally and do the interview already,'" says White. "So let's do this."

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Featured bartender: Kelsey Cano from Who's On Third

Published Oct. 21, 2016

Shortly after arriving from Chicago, Kelsey Cano got a job at Who's On Third and has been pouring libations and connecting with people ever since. Recently, we stopped by to talk to Cano about whiskey, eye injuries, getting hit on, having a Sept. 11 birthday and more.