Secret 'stache

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

A well-groomed moustache might signify authority or masculinity. But Bart King thinks his just looks creepy. So why hasn't he shaved? It's part of a monthlong contest among Grandview Cafe staffers that they're calling Moustachio Bashio.

So King wasn't enthused when Alive showed up to take his picture. But he was happy to share his thoughts on bartending in Columbus (he's also worked at 8, Brazenhead and Clancy's Down Under) and in Florida, where he learned to hate making margaritas.

What do you think draws people here to Grandview Cafe?

It's a little bit older crowd - I mean, I think it's just the atmosphere. It's real chill. Live music on the weekends brings in a lot of people: a lot of cover bands ... we had a band in here last night [that was] awesome, their name's Swagg.

What are some highlights on the menu?

Fish 'n' chips, the Cafe Burger. There's a lot of seafood on there now - crab cakes, scallops, things that you wouldn't think would be great bar food, but it really is.

What do you like about bartending?

I like the people, obviously. You feel like you're out all the time, even though you're not. But the interactions with the people, the social aspects, are the best part.

What do people like to drink here?

We have a rotating tap - right now, the Oktoberfest is huge. Lot of beer drinkers in here. Lots of Jack. And the late-night crowd does a lot of shots.

What do you like to drink?

Crown and water.

Is there a drink you hate to make?

Margaritas. I think it's from living in Florida. Salting the rim ... I don't know what it is, it's just margaritas out the wazoo in Florida for a couple years. So coming back to Ohio, I just hate making margaritas.

Besides that, is there anything you don't like about bartending?

No. I love the lifestyle. I mean, I went to school for a long time, not to do this. And I still do it.

What else do you like to do when you're not working?

I like to drink when I'm not working. I do like to play tennis, golf a little bit. Bartenders keep really weird hours, so you're kind of confined to things you can do. A lot of people, after college, have day jobs so not a lot of people go out on Mondays and Tuesdays, whereas that's our weekend.

"It creeps up on you," Bart King says of his signature drink.