Head barman Ian Cargill has left Tavern Law, per Seattle Times' Tan Vinh. He will begin working at arcade bar Shorty's in Belltown on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, beginning today. Cargill says that the Shorty's bar is worth a visit "for the chairs alone." He will tend bar in the back area of Shorty's known as the Trophy Room, where "cocktails and hotdogs unite." Beginning next month, Cargill also plans to pick up a few nights at Capitol Hill's Tommy Gun.
This is an interesting development for a cocktail haven, that was just hailed by Food & Wine as one of the 50 Best Bars in America. In the space of a few months, four talented bartenders (Nathan Weber, Brian Lee, Casey Robison and now Cargill) have all left the bar. When we asked a Tavern Law representative to comment, we received the following non-response: "Tavern Law has more of a team approach with a great group of veterans and newer talents collaborating with the Chefs, trying new techniques, and being recognized for their creations on the menu. It’s a creative, collaborative atmosphere that the Chefs are really nurturing and the team is really strong." Reassuring, no?
[Photo: Ian Cargill/Facebook]