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Where are they now?

See what past finalists are serving up


Myong Park won a spot in our final five in 2006 for his Citrus Grove cocktail. At the time, he was mixing it up at Enclave, but now he has moved to new Moto sibling Otom (951 W. Fulton Market) in the Warehouse District. You can find him there most weekend nights.

Park’s not the only bartender now at a posh spot. John Kinder, who mixed things up with his homemade infusion at Moxie and at our 2005 bash, now creates cocktails with seasonal ingredient­s and dabbles in molecular mixology at MK (868 N. Franklin St.). And Frog Greishaw, who made our top 10 in 2006, now works a couple of weekdays at speakeasy-inspired The Violet Hour (1520 N. Damen Ave.) in addition to her weekend shifts at Elm Street Liquors (12 W. Elm St.).

At last year’s bash, then-Custom House and -Gold Star bartender Andy Beaman got the ladies all shook up with his schtick as Jessie Garon Presley, Elvis’ brother. Beaman still does birthdays and weddings as his alter ego, but if you want him to shake you up a cocktail as himself, you’ll now have to head to Lincoln Park’s BOKA (1729 N. Halsted St.).

As for the rest of the 2006 Final Five: Melissa Castillo’s no longer slinging drinks at Zella, but she is behind the bar weekends at Boutique (809 W. Evergreen St.). And Kaari Westgaard, where are you? She’s left Minibar | Winebar (3339-41 N. Halsted St.), but she hasn’t yet returned our calls or e-mails. [ KAREN BUDELL IS THE METROMIX NIGHTLIFE PRODUCER. ]



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