I told you they had crossing revolvers! Closing out the weekend is #BarChef Nicholas Mantzaridis, part-owner and bar manager of @PlomoTacoBar in Coral Gables. Nikos was born in a place in the US that you would NEVER guess, - a place that you just have to ask him about yourself - to a Greek father and French-Native American mother, and moved to Greece when he was nine. At eleven years old, Nikos would come home from school with empty water bottles and mix together anything and everything he found like butter or corn to see what all of that tasted like. Gross, yes, but a solid foundation and curiosity for a future bar chef. At his parents' grocery store, Nikos taught himself how to juggle and at 16, he scored a job at a bowling alley first as a server and then bartender. That gig turned into a nightclub bartending job and beach bar job where he really honed his speed at the service bar. In 2010, Niko's placed fourth in the National Horeca Competition which led to several high-end restaurant jobs in Greece and a move across the pond and up to Tampa, and then Delray for a barista and eventually bar manager position at @caffe_martier_delray that he originally found on Craigslist while sleeping out of his car. 😬 Nikos is responsible for Delray's first modern speakeasy establishment called "The Old Arcade" on the same Mertier property. After a few months, David Ortiz came to the bar, met Nikos over a cocktail and invited Nikos to compete in competition in Miami, OF WHICH NIKOS WON! 🎉I actually happened to be at that competition two years ago supporting Alby. Also in attendance was Nikos' future mentor @BenPottsBenPotts who suggested that Nicholas move down to Miami to help him open his up coming restaurant and bar @beakerandgray. And so Nikos did just that up until 3 months ago where he found an opportunity to open his own bar at @plomotacobar. And now, here he is! If you slide left, I've included some original images from that fateful competition at the @1hotels rooftop bar. Thank you to Nikos for his time for the feature, and @benpottsbenpotts for nurturing the right people in the industry so that eventually I have people to feature for content. Lol 🙏🏽 11 ♡ 1 ✍
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It's monday and we're reminding ourself to slow down a little bit this week. And we hope you have a mindful and productive week ahead. Oh and just letting you know the new throwpillows are available online only at chicanddarling.com 103 ♡ 0 ✍