Tuesday, December 7, 2010

R Bar bartender Shawn Moriarty quits, moves to Majestic Steakhouse

Posted By on Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 1:16 PM

click to enlarge Bartender Shawn Moriarty gets the Majestic treatment
  • Bartender Shawn Moriarty gets the Majestic treatment

Tomorrow -- Wednesday, December 8 -- will be the official first night that local celebrity bartender Shawn Moriarty oversees the big antique bar at the Majestic Restaurant at 931Broadway. For the past two years, Moriarty has tended bar at the R Bar in the West Bottoms. Last Saturday was his final night at that venue.

Moriarty is a little guarded about exactly why he left the R Bar. He tells Fat City: "Let's just say that things moved very quickly. There's always a time, when you work for a restaurant, when you know it's time to move on. I felt I had done all I could do at the R Bar."


Last week Moriarty walked into the Majestic Restaurant. "I heard they were looking for a new bartender, so I went in to talk to [owner] Frank Sebree," he says. "At the end of the conversation, I was hired and already on the schedule."

Sebree sent out a press release this morning to announce his new hire:

"The Majestic Restaurant is pleased to announce that ACCLAIMED Kansas City bartender Shawn Moriarty has joined our staff and will begin serving KC's best cocktails behind our bar..."

Moriarty has been a professional bartender for two decades, beginning his career while he was still in college. "My first bartending job was at a Red Lobster," he says. "The money was good, but I quit when a corporate mandate came down that employees couldn't have long hair. I was in my 20s and I didn't want to cut my hair."

Moriarty says that the R Bar's owner, Joy Jacobs, was "OK with my decision."

Jacobs was unavailable for comment.






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