Candid as ever, Bruce may have the most experience with alcohol out of all of our bartenders, having enjoyed his first glass of wine at the ripe age of nine. “My parents are French and German, so wine was standard growing up,” he tells us, “in fact, my parents were the only ones in our neighborhood to drink wine. All of the other families were beer drinkers.” This is where his passion for wine began, but like a fine wine, his passion matured with age.
By the time he was old enough to work, Bruce already planned to join his older brothers in the restaurant industry. He found abundant opportunities in his hometown of Minneapolis, and after ten years of different roles, he committed to bartending. “It’s really the perfect fit for me because I love serving people, but wine and liquor are my specialties,” Bruce says. He sees the secret to top-notch service is anticipating guests’ needs – a skill he picked up as a young child helping his mother navigate the world after she was partially paralyzed by Polio.
“My favorite part of the job is when people ask me about the different liquors,” Bruce expounds. He begins telling me about the difference between Cognac and Brandy, pulling bottles off the shelf to illustrate his point. It’s clear that it’s more than an interest, but something he’s studied and pored over… no pun intended.