Beth Joy Swain, 28
Foran's Grand Trunk Pub Detroit
What do you think is the real, unedited bartenders' job description? The most important part of my job is to make sure that everyone's glasses stay full of a delicious local beer that they enjoy. And to talk a lot of shit. That helps, too.
Talk a lot of shit? Just give people a hard time. Crack jokes. It kind of feels like I have a bunch of guests in my living room. They're in my home, so I want to make sure everybody has a great time.
So your bar is in a pretty historic building. The foundation is actually pre-Civil War. It goes back a long time. The structure opened in 1879 as a jewelry store for Traub Brothers. Then, in 1905 it became the ticket station for the Grand Trunk Railroad. They put some amazing two-story-high vaulted ceilings. It looks like a church almost. It's beautiful. It became a bar in the '30s and it has been one ever since.
But why do people go there? We were the first bar in Michigan to go all Michigan draft. Michigan is in the top ten for microbreweries per capita in the country. There's a lot of great beer here. And for the food, too. We have what we call "gourmet pub grub." Everything is locally sourced and made from scratch in our kitchen. ...
And you have an "In Yo Face" burger. Oh my gosh, that burger is huge! It's got like two half-pound patties, sauerkraut, coleslaw, fried pickle, mozzarella stick, ham, corned beef, and three different kinds of cheese. My husband, Cokko, was challenged by our head chef to see if he could eat the whole burger in less than a half hour and he did it in about 25 minutes, so he got to name the burger "Cokko In Yo Face."
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