We love getting to know Brad Fry whose sense of style harkens back to his days in Chicago. An energetic and fun bar manager for Michaels Restaurant Group, he is an active member in the United States Bartenders Guild and has participated in numerous cocktail competitions —one in which he represented the West Coast at World Class in 2016. Come, pull up a chair, stay awhile…
Q, How you got started behind the bar – and what captivated you?
A. Like most bartenders, I started as a server, and once of age, was offered to move up to a bartender. I’d say luck, and being in the right place/ right time have been the story of my success. I was very fortunate to be hired to co-run Bernard’s Bar, in what was the Elysian Hotel (now the Waldorf Astoria in downtown Chicago). Above our bar was Ria, a 2 Star Michelin rated restaurant, which we did the cocktails for. It was elevating my passion for food, and play in cocktails, that addicted me to the industry of service.
A. Keeping my tools and bar clean.
Q. Your philosophy…?
A. Prep, and set myself for success. Play like a child!
Q. Anything that comes to mind?
A. I’m honored to pair my cocktails and wine with these three amazingly talented chefs!