Meet the Bar­tender:

Bjarni Rozen

The Commercial Appeal - Go Memphis - - Movies - By Michael Don­ahue

37 Bar­tender at Mol­lie Fon­taine Lounge

Lans­ing,

Age: Ti­tle:

Home­town:

Mich.

How did you get into bar­tend­ing?

I started out in the back of the house cook­ing, and then I saw that the front of the house prob­a­bly made a lit­tle bet­ter money. So, I started off be­ing a server and I just worked my way up. I was fas­ci­nated by mak­ing drinks and how peo­ple in­ter­acted with the peo­ple at the bar as op­posed to how peo­ple in­ter­act with peo­ple at tables. Some­body sit­ting at the bar is more will­ing to talk to you, prob­a­bly more laid back. And then I like to make spe­cialty cock­tails. And make some­thing out of noth­ing.

What makes a good bar­tender?

Some­body who pays at­ten­tion to the guests. Some­body who knows what they’re do­ing by ex­pe­ri­ence. And some­body who is out­go­ing and able to talk to a stranger.

What’s pop­u­lar at your bar right now?

Spe­cialty cock­tails. We have a list of prob­a­bly about 15 cock­tails and they’re all pretty pop­u­lar. Pretty in Pink is Ke­tel One vodka, St. Ger­main El­der­flower liqueur. And then it’s gonna have fresh cher­ries and fresh lime juice.

What’s out of style now at bars?

Maybe just like your tra­di­tional mar­tini. Ev­ery­body wants that mixed cock­tail with the fla­vored vodka or some­thing.

Have you ever cre­ated a drink?

One I’m do­ing now is Pa­tron XO cof­fee (liqueur) and Early Times Fire Eater. You mix those to­gether with a lit­tle bit of cream and it tastes like an oat­meal choco­late chip cookie.

Who’s the big­gest celebrity you’ve ever served?

Sa­muel L. Jack­son. Very out­go­ing, pleas­ant, but se­ri­ous at the same time.

What are some of your other in­ter­ests?

I work out. I play golf. I ride mo­tor­cy­cles. Harley-David­son Her­itage Soft­tail Clas­sic.

MICHAEL DON­AHUE/THE COM­MER­CIAL AP­PEAL

Bjarni Rozen, bar­tender at Mol­lie Fon­taine Lounge, likes mak­ing spe­cialty cock­tails.

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