FOOD & MIXOLOGY Ev­ery day is a new day for bar­tender Epiphany Louis

GA Voice - - Food & Mixology -

By PA­TRICK SAUNDERS

When At­lanta res­i­dents want an eclec­tic in­town op­tion to sat­isfy their Mex­i­can food fix, or just a spot to grab a drink, the an­swer in re­cent years has of­ten been Across The Street in Old Fourth Ward. Les­bian couple Ali Wild and Lana Banks opened the eclec­tic neigh­bor­hood pa­tio bar and bistro in 2006, and later added neigh­bor­hood gro­cery store The Mar­ket, that’s, well, across the street from Across The Street.

One of the rea­sons ATS, as reg­u­lars call it, has proven pop­u­lar is bar­tender Epiphany Louis. You can usu­ally find the At­lanta na­tive there on Tues­days, Fri­days, Satur­days and Sun­days when she’s not free­lance writ­ing, run­ning marathons or trav­el­ing with her girl­friend.

We bel­lied up to the bar and got the scoop from Louis on ATS, her fa­vorite and least fa­vorite parts of the job and more.

How long have you been bar­tend­ing?

re­la­tion­ships with peo­ple and make them feel like the most spe­cial per­son out there, or ac­tu­ally the only ta­ble out there really.

A few bar­tenders came and went and they had a bar­tend­ing open­ing one day and they asked if I had bar­tended yet and I said yeah. They said, ‘Well, if you want to do it, it’s your time.’ So I got be­hind the bar and was ner­vous as shit be­cause it had been so long and I was fairly new at the restau­rant. I didn’t know where any­thing was be­hind the bar, I didn’t know any­thing [laughs]. But I just kind of made stuff up as I went and it stuck.

What do you like about bar­tend­ing?

Epiphany Louis waited ta­bles be­fore tak­ing her place be­hind the bar at Across The Street. (Photo by Pa­trick Saunders)

What’s some­thing that cus­tomers should know about your job that would sur­prise them?

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