This guest shift in Nanjing was special to me. "we dont train bartenders, we train bar owners and operators" was the system i trained under @bobby_heugel and the Anvil Houston family. Its a philosophy i try to apply to the way we train our team at @uniontradingco , that one day when members of the family are ready to run their own bar programs, we have done all we could to share with them our knowledge and experience, and have given them all the tools to set them up for success. 4 of our past bartenders from Union have now their own individual bar programs. Ryan Xie is one of more recent Union alumnis who is now partner / head bartender of Bees Knees in Nanjing. One of the next up and coming cocktail bars in a thriving city. I am so proud of what he has done and its been my pleasure to have worked with such a talented positive individual. I wish Bees Knees nothing but success and can leave Nanjing knowing we didnt fuck this up.
If you ever find yourself in Nanjing, go say hi to Ryan at The Bees Knees
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