What is Tony Abou-Ganim most proud of in his career?

I’m most proud of what influence I’ve had on younger bartenders. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with and learn from some great bartenders in my 30 years. If I can impact bartenders, if I can have some influence in making them better at their craft, more passionate and proud to be bartenders. When I started in 1980, being a bartender wasn’t really what people aspired to. It was a part-time gig, it was what you did while you finished school, it was what you did while you were working on your acting career. If one more person asked me, ‘So, what do you want to do when you grow up?’ This truly is a proud profession, and if I can impart a little bit of that passion and knowledge on young bartenders, to me, that’s what I’m most proud of.

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