The latest chapter in the whereabouts of Murray Stenson is an exciting one: The uber-bartender is now plying his trade at Canon. Yep, Jamie Boudreau's highly regarded cocktail bar is the newest home of the city's most highly regarded bartender.
Jess Voelker may have bid farewell to Seattle Met on Friday, but that didn't stop her from breaking the news via Twitter on Sunday. Canon partner Andrew Fawcett says Stenson is scheduled for three nights a week, though the schedule will rotate and the beloved bartender doesn't currently have any fixed nights when he will always work. Stenson joins Nathan Weber, Jared Scarr, Brian Lee and, of course, Boudreau, at his temple of brown spirits and boozy collectibles. Word travels fast; BJC has already been in for a drink.
Stenson, named "Best Bartender in America" at major industry confab Tales of the Cocktail in 2010, was a longtime fixture at Zig Zag Cafe, but departed this spring to work at Michael Mina's RN74. He ultimately bowed out, citing a shoulder injury. He consulted at the Pan Pacific Hotel and popped up at an event here and there.
How did this all go down? Both Fawcett and Boudreau are longtime admirers of Stenson. And his legions of fans are no doubt ecstatic that the man has found a regular spot and, hopefully, a longtime home. Also: expect Canon to get even busier.