Sunday, April 11, 2010

Bye-bye Brookie...

Sad to say, but Range is losing our rockstar bartender and manager. This June, Brooke will be teaming up with the good people at Boulevard to open up Prospect, which will be serving up seasonal American fare, and offer a lounge that’s almost triple the seating capacity of Range’s bar. Brooke will be creating a cocktail program featuring seasonal cocktails, but will be decidedly more classics-driven than the list at Range. She also plans to include new classics from select bartenders around the city, so don’t be surprised if you see a beverage created by Carlos Yturria, Dominic Venegas, or Thad Vogler. You might even see a cocktail from the current Range drink-slingers.

Brooke has been at Range for three years, been the bar manager for the last two, and has done an amazing job with the cocktail program. Range has always been known for great cocktails, but I think that Brooke brought the list to a whole new level. The Evergreen, Kokomo, Can Can, Vicious Circle, Kamilia, Walnut Grove, and the always-raved-about Vin de Pamplemousse are all Brooke’s creations, and we will miss her creative flair behind the bar. Brooke is always seeking out ingredients beyond what is sitting on the shelves of the back bar, and we now use so many house-made bitters, infusions, shrubs and syrups that we can always offer something delicious that can’t quite be duplicated anywhere else. For this we have Brooke to thank. I could go on and on, but it’s beginning to sound more like a eulogy than I intended. Suffice it to say that we love Brooke and are going to miss her.

Brooke’s last night at Range will be Friday, April 16th, and I guarantee it will be a doozy! Come in and see her smiley face and listen to her call out her signature "wa-HOOOO!" all night, as we shake up some delightful libations. We’re changing the cocktails to either American Gladiator names or classic rock song titles, so you know it’s going to be wacky.

(Editor's note: I originally posted Friday, April 19th, which isn't a real date. The correct date is Friday, April 16th. Thanks Fil!!)