Yesterday, when we wrote about Sean Moriarty, former R Bar bartender, finding a new job at the Majestic Restaurant, R Bar owner Joy Jacobs wasn't around to comment. This morning, she called Fat City.
"Sean is a great guy and a great bartender, but we get really busy here on weekends and I don't think he liked the chaotic pace of those weekend nights," Jacobs told me today. "Sean prefers smaller, more low-key venues where he can talk to the customers."
"If that's what she says," Moriarty says, laughing, "let's stick with that."
The R Bar's new bartender -- he starts tonight -- is young Bronson Kistler, formerly of the recently shuttered JP Wine Bar.
Another new R Bar employee starts work this week: new general manager Sean O'Brien. "He's from Kansas City originally," Jacobs says, "but moved back from Chicago where he was working at O'Malley's Pub."
The R Bar's chef, Alex Pope, is also introducing a new bar-food menu, including macaroni and cheese made with salami. A new addition to the dinner menu, Jacobs says, is a veal meatloaf served with braised cabbage and mashed potatoes.