San Francisco has lost three great bartenders in the last year- Josey Packard, Joe Parilli, and Thomas Waugh. (Lost as in, moved to other cities, not like swallowed in an earthquake.) Well, we're about to lose one more- Kevin Diedrich.
Kevin works at Clock Bar, Bourbon & Branch, where he makes a lot of ingredients for the bar, and also did much of the heavy lifting opening and running Cask. I have no idea when he has time to sleep.
I guess he'll sleep on the plane, because he just accepted a 6-8 month position running the bar program at Michael Minas's Bourbon Steak in the Four Seasons in Washington, DC. He leaves next week.
That's terrific for him, but a big bummer for us. He'll be working his final two shifts at Clock Bar this Wednesday and Thursday. Come wish him well in his new job, and maybe cry a little in your drinks. Let's hope to elicit enough sympathy that he decides to move back when the job is over.
Best of luck, Kevin.