Thursday, August 31, 2006
Happy Birthday, Mr. Bartender
New York's oldest bartender turns 90
My favorite news story of the day was about a now teetotaling bartender employed at the Algonquin Hotel who served Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Dean Martin and Bob Hope during his long career. His most star-studded gig was at a Chinese restaurant called Freeman Chum (which sounds like a name out of The Simpsons, if you ask me). With daily 5:30 a.m. walks and long solo shifts on his feet, he sounds as hardy as he is charming.
Quote from the article linked above:
"His proudest moment came in 1961 when he mixed a drink for the Duke of Windsor. 'He said he wanted a House of Lords martini in and out on toast.'
The wait captain was prepared to send Wong into the kitchen for a piece of toast, but Wong knew the duke wanted a martini with a lemon twist ignited with a match.
'After he drink, he liked it,' he said. 'And he had a second one.'"